0194: /TIL

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Today I learned… locally.

There is a fun and popular subreddit called “Today I learned” and accompanying acronym, TIL, where people share interesting and often unknown facts.

Example “ TIL there’s a whole genus of spiders whose scientific names all derive from characters from the movie “Predator”

Often when we are browsing the web we come across such interesting factoids and feel obliged to share.

The same thing can happen when we are walking about our physical world, only we don’t really get the opportunity to share.  Or when we do, the big wide Internet doesn’t really care about our small local facts.

That’s why people are posting their interesting local findings to localweb.is/til.  There they will find interesting stuff about a place’s history and its people.

Did you know that Louis Ballast, who ran the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In in Denver, was the first person to trademark the cheeseburger?  If you are not in Denver, you probably didn’t care either.  But if you are in Denver, since the local web URLs are location based, then these kinds of facts are what you’d find at /TIL

The Internet is the best tool for learning that we have.  But for sharing, especially locally, the mile-wide web is better.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

Signup at localweb.is

Image via Tim Bockley on Flickr CC 2.0