Friends with Things website launch
by Matthew James Taylor on 3 July 2011
It has been five months today since I first heard about Friends with Things. That day, I was walking down the street when I noticed a flyer on a tree. It was advertising a website where neighbours could connect with each other and share things in their local area. I thought that sounded like a great idea.
The website turned out to be a basic 'blogger' blog run by a guy called Ravi Prasad who lives only a couple of blocks from my house. He was lending tools and things to his neighbours and other people were too. All these locally shared things were listed on his blog. It seemed to be working rather well even though it wasn't very easy to find things and only Ravi could post to the blog - other people could only write comments. There had to be a better way...
In the spirit of Friends with Things I decided to offer my services for free and to create a purpose-built website for the cause. That was five months ago, and now we're ready to launch!
Sharing makes you feel good
The design we came up with is much like a real community noticeboard. It has a corkboard background and people can add notices to it by clicking the big "Post Something" button. There are a bunch of different categories to choose from and each one has it's own unique style and colour.
People can view noticeboards for individual suburbs in Australia or everything per state. You can also search the whole site to find your nearest shared ladder or a free electric lawn edger. So far we've had a variety of different posts on the website from advice on rainwater harvesting to help with computers, so there should be something for everyone.
If you live in Australia and you have something in your shed that you're not using, why not share it on the site? You might be surprised how good it feels. Better yet, you're also doing your bit to save the planet - one thing at a time!
Check it out at FriendswithThings.com.au
Friends with Things is currently in Beta testing mode so if you find a problem or if you have any suggestions please let me know. Also if you want to get involved and you think you can help in any way, let us know too, we'd love to hear from you.
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