0269: /pax.meetups


Ad hoc meetups on a whim

Meetups are best when they happen unplanned and on a whim.  If there is too much planning and people need to signup or register or check their schedules and RSVP then some of the magic is lost.

When you have thousands of people in the same place like at PAX East, there is no reason why meetups can’t occur among gamers with little warning or planning.  Everyone is there, they just need a little coordination.

That’s why smart planners are sowing the seeds of meetups on localweb.is/pax.meetups.  It’s a simple and fast way to post where you are thinking of meeting up to try and get a little traction.  Want to go to Thinking Cup coffee bar around 1pm?  Just post it.  Others looking to meetup will see your post on /pax.meetup and respond.  Maybe they want coffee instead of beer and pizza, or maybe they are already headed in that direction so why not stop by.

It can be hard to get people’s attention when there is so much to see and do at a huge event.  But the people who are checking /pax.meetup are those who actually want to meet up.  And because it’s the local web, they are within walking distance to you, which means they are the ones who have the ability to meet up.  Pair the desire to meet up and the ability to meet up and it’s not long before you are having coffee with some new friends at a local coffee bar.

Hat tip to @NotUilliam for the use case idea.

Note: PAX is not officially affiliated with the local web.  The above is just an example of what could happen when the local web comes online at PAX East in April.

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

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Image via Thompson Plyer on Flickr

0075: /u/ql87-breakroom


Office communication for all               the other stuff

Billions of dollars are spent each year on new intranets, wikis, messaging platforms, document collaboration tools and social networks…for work.  It’s a huge market that serves a real need but many of the tools are inflexible and require a long learning curve.

u/ql87-breakroom is simple.  It’s a way for a group of people who   work in an office to quickly and easily organize the breakroom, without a new app, HR training sessions or a signup sheet on the fridge. Want to double check who’s cleaning this week?  Juice / soda came late today and you need help stocking it?  Need to find out what coffee people most prefer so you can order appropriately?  These are all simple tasks that need an easy way for people to connect over, not some new piece of software.

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Image via Jess Bachman

0039: /f/bluebottle-delivery


Caffeine delivery

If you ask someone in San Francisco for their opinion about the best coffee in town, you’re likely to hear a rave review of Blue Bottle Coffee.  Founded in 2002, Blue Bottle has a simple motto: to sell and deliver the finest coffee possible, responsibly sourced and delivered within 48 hours of roasting.

/f/bluebottle-delivery is an example of how local businesses could use localweb.is for simple problems without building an app, learning to code, or paying for a new platform.  A driver could communicate with HQ for updating orders, update patrons on delivery timing, and include a quick image of the vehicle or license plate so that when she arrives they’ll be able to easily find her.  And because it’s a sticky URL ( /f/ = following) it’ll stay with her wherever she goes and be a constant source of information for customers.

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