0245: /triangle.clouds

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Illuminati confirmed?

On February 7th, 2016 multiple triangle-shaped clouds appeared in the skies above San Francisco.  What was the reason behind this sky-writing?  Was it an advertisement for Doritos?  Arrows pointing towards the location of the Super Bowl?  A dreadful warning that the skies belong to the Illuminati?  That day there were more questions than answers.  That day also saw the /triangle.clouds slash blow up on the local web in and around San Francisco.

All it took was for one person to go to localweb.is/triangle.clouds and post a photo.  Others quickly saw the post while browsing the local web and posted their own photos.  Soon /triangle.clouds became the defacto record of pictorial evidence and repository of possible theories.

It didn’t take long before /triangle.clouds became a local meme to San Francisco residents.  Just like memes can spread quickly through the world wide web, they can move very fast through the local web, just not very far.  They are of course local memes, so they don’t make much sense to those who can’t look up and see the clouds for themselves.

Local news outlets saw the spike in activity on the front page of the local web and many of them covered the story.

Soon enough it was discovered that they were in fact Dorito shaped advertising and people went about their day.  /triangle.clouds died down and eventually fell off the front page of the local web.  But for one day, the people of San Francisco were captivated by this local meme that was spread to all corners of the local web.

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0039: /f/bluebottle-delivery

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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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0033: /u/belmont-apts

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Messaging app for an                 apartment building

If you live in an apartment you probably know people on your floor, but getting to know the building sometimes takes months or years.   You might have useful information to exchange or enjoy meeting each other, but it’s still going to take a long time.

An unlisted Localweb.is URL like /u/belmont-apts can connect people who have something in common, where they live, with simplicity and ease.  Live on the 3rd floor and giving away a chair?  A note in /u/belmont-apts will ensure that it goes to a good home, fast.  New resident that the building manager wants to introduce?  Easy as pie. Because it is both local and can be flexibly used, there’s no need for someone to develop an app / messaging group or hack an existing one that doesn’t quite fit the needs of the building.

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