0236 /about


An about page for where you are standing

People are accustomed to clicking that “about” link to find out more about a website or an organization.  But what if you could do that out in the real world.

/about or “slash about” is a convention that local web users have created and adhere to.  If you are in an interesting place and you know something about it, just post that info to localweb.is/about.

The Childs Restaurant is an interesting part of Coney Island’s history but it doesn’t have a website.  It does have several posts on /about both from knowledgeable experts and also interested passersby.  How to read about the Childs Restaurant on /about?  The first thing you need to do is go there.  Most people filter /about with a 300 foot radius so you have to be pretty close to see what people have posted.

“Slash about” isn’t always perfect.  It’s like a decentralized location based Wikipedia where anyone can contribute so, as you would expect, you get all sorts of info from all sorts of people.  But at the very least, it provides an interesting narrative to the world around you.

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Image via Bill Badzo on Flickr