One of my first posts in this blog described a simple method to exchange valuable information among global citizens. The method suggested in global citizen was never adopted by anyone but the idea didn’t die. This past week our team released a Facebook application called My City, which has the potential to accomplish the same goal.
Since I have a global audience it is important to mention that Facebook was the platform of choice for its widespread adoption and ability to accept applications from others. If you haven’t heard about it in your region, chances are that other social networks dominate the market. Still, you should be able to join.
The application itself works on a very simple premise: rather than trusting city guides that tell you the best places to conduct your day to day activities, we allow you to see what your friends recommend. Exploring all facets of city life from the perspective of those you already trust can be entertaining at first, but we believe it can be taken even further. Consider the following two scenarios:
- You have visitors from abroad and want to take them to a hip place, maybe a patio for drinks, but you’re not the type to frequent those places, therefore you have no clue where to go. Check the application for what your friends (and you know which ones are really hip) recommend. Impress your guests
- You have a business trip to the West Coast and it will be your first time there. You have an evening to spare and would like to make the most out of it. Knowing where the hot spots are may make the difference between having dinner at the bar of the hotel or having a memorable evening among locals. Check the application for what locals in such city suggest.
As I mentioned, the premise is quite simple. We plan to keep adding themes or questions and all we ask is that every user answers them in the best possible way for the city they know and love. It is Saturday night and you may be reading this because you have no idea of where to go. Install the application and see what your friends recommend.