February 28, 2006
It is a place where you can see “local” information such as classifieds, events, and other customized content. Why did I add quotes around local? Well, the customized content is not local in a geographic sense but in a community sense. In other words, look at the top for which community you are in…without logging in, you should see “Everyone.” This default value means you are seeing all public information. Communities could be tied to email addresses, for example, to signify there is a group of people who all work together (and use the same email domain) or go to school together. You can constrain based on this information and just see classifieds and events having to do with this group. You can also set up multiple groups. Kind of like a cross between some of these free public services (i.e. Craigslist) with collaboration software (i.e. Zimbra).
Think about it…the same way some of these Yellow Page directories think you value your friends’ opinions/reviews more than a strangers, this application will help you purchase from more trusted sources (buy a car from the classifieds section from a coworker versus finding one in a classifieds from a stranger…if you have a problem, just stroll don the hall to the seller).
This also integrates IM so you can be notified by IM or by email when someone responds to your listings. Unlike Craigslist which keeps you anonymized only up until you want to respond to a posting, you can choose to remain anonymous when replying as well.