0234: /bus.stop


We, the people, of this bus stop…

Ah the many things to do while waiting for the bus.  There is 1) using your phone; 2) using your phone; 3) staring blankly out into space; and 4) using your phone.

Waiting at the bus stop is a daily activity that millions of Americans partake in every day.  Often in silence on their phones.  Even if there are other people waiting with you, its a pretty anti-social affair.

But it doesn’t have to be.  Using the local web, you can communicate with your fellow bus stop brothers and sisters.  When you get to a bus stop just pop on localweb.is/bus.stop and set your filter to 100 meters. You will see messages people have posted to that very bus stop and its dwellers.  It could act as a digital bulletin board, or just a place to drop some bus stop wisdom, or bus stop jokes.

You probably know about /bus.stop because some one put up a local web sticker with the localweb.is/bus.stop URL on it.  That’s really all it takes to visit or create a slash.  Each bus stop is different, and savvy bus riders follow the /bus.stop slash on their mobile location group, which means that as they are riding the bus from stop to stop they can briefly see all the /bus.stop messages people have left before the bus starts to drive away to the next stop.

Yeah, the content at various /bus.stop slashes isn’t Tolstoy, but it isn’t “The 13 Best ClickBait BuzzFeeds of 2016 You Can’t Miss” either. It’s local content, written by locals.  It’s content from your fellow bus riders.  It’s just one of the many stories that are told in your city using the local web.

Pro tip: The Number 55 Admiral bus line in Providence has a rider that writes a poem each day, and drops a single line at each /bus.stop. In order to read it, you have to be going inbound and following on a mobile location group.  If you are riding the bus outbound, the poem is backwards. but still cool.

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