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News and announcements that directly affect members and visitors of Okinawa.Org.
We've made the conscious decision to disable Facebook login on our site. This was due to Facebook wanting to be too intrusive on our website, requiring an account on our site. We didn't want accounts to suddenly not work at the will of Facebook's decision to terminate our Login app, now or in the future. Therefore, we haven't provided the...
Okinawa.Org reached a milestone of achieving 10,000 likes on our Facebook Page. As such, we took this opportunity to create a campaign of sorts to give back to the local community. We have chosen to give 10,000 yen to HelpOki to stock their food bank as we are certain that they are more than capable of filling that space while we focus on...
It's free, unlimited listings, and more importantly, it's open on Sunday… We are proud to announce that we have finally made the change to reliable software that allows for Okinawa Classifieds to provide a better user experience for buyers, window shoppers, and sellers! While many changes may go unnoticed by our valued members, there are a...
Okinawa.Org has updated our core software so that we could implement a wide variety of changes. For more avid posters, these changes will be more difficult to get used to as the editor has changed a bit. However, it is more functional, provides a lot more flexibility on formatting posts, and is easier to use on mobile. Speaking of mobile...
Okinawa.Org has been updating our hardware behind the scenes to provide users with a faster experience as we expand. If you logged on throughout the day of Saturday 12, 2020 at any time, you could have encountered many errors. There is nothing to be worried about here though as we were merely benchmarking all server configurations prior to...
Introduce Yourself Unlike our previous $20 dollar giveaway that required no participation on this site, this one does—but it's easy! It's as easy as introducing yourself in 25 words or more with as staying as anonymous as you'd wish. You can sign up for the Okinawa.Org community forum with any username you wish and introduce yourself to how...
A lot of businesses in Okinawa are suffering due to COVID-19. We can't say that we are one, as some are going bankrupt, but we have been slightly impacted. We offered our community an ad-free experience for those that chose to sign up. At the time, our revenue was stable displaying ads to visitors only. However, in the past couple of days...
Ironically, this site first went live on this day in 2018, and, besides describing what great features we had to provide to registered users and visitors alike on that day, not much else happened. Since then, we've immensely grown over 2019 and have experienced and shared quite a lot of unique things about Okinawa. Here is Okinawa.Org's...
We're giving away a good portion of our earnings here at Okinawa.Org this week to two lucky winners, early enough to enjoy spending it on Black Friday fighting over that new toaster that you really didn't need in the first place with a random stranger at the PX. Both parties will receive a $20 Amazon eGift Card, a Navy Federal Credit Union...
The long-awaited (for us) Okinawa Events calendar—which completes the core of our site, Okinawa.Org—has been released! This calendar will feature events aggregated by staff from various local sources such as towns and cities, newspapers and other various places to bring you the best of things to do in Okinawa. There are several views that...
Here are a couple of updates that we pushed out this week to improve the user experience here on Okinawa.org's forum. Profile Covers It seems like just about every social network known to man allows you to customize your profile. We asked ourselves, "Why not here?" So, we've implemented profile covers. A demonstration of such can be seen by...
While we initially opened Okinawa.Org with the Okinawa Questions forum, it was formatted in a normal thread view layout. This would almost certainly make finding the best answer out of many replies impossible, for the original poster to the typical visitor coming from a search engine that is also in need of answers. We've introduced a new look...
As of December 31, 2018, Okinawa.Org opens its doors to the public for alpha testing on early release beta software (huh?). We are asking the first members to give us critical feedback on site usage to make it a better place for all interested in Okinawa to use. This site is built on a forum base and maybe a little difficult for some to use...

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