I am always on the lookout for the next big thing in the web application arena. This one caught my eye today. While I am not sure if it’s the next big thing, it has the promising tone to it.
neighborrow has an interesting concept and here is an excerpt from their site about this service
Now imagine, though, that the inventory of every DVD, book, CD, video game, etc. in your apartment building and surrounding neighborhood was visible, suddenly, at the click of a button. Imagine a system that reveals the collective inventory of the group but can conceal the identity of the individual owner.Imagine having the ability to browse or search this inventory on-line and then extract value and utility (and joy and friendship and earth saving goodness) from these items by borrowing them when they are not being used by their owner (and getting something in return when that “owner” is YOU). Imagine that the system allowed you to do all of this conveniently, anonymously, securely, and best of all …for FREE! Plus, in an organized way that rewards lending and provides incentives for practical, safe exchanges. All this in an environment that alleviated concerns about knowing who has what, and if/when you will get it back.
I like the fact that they attempt to bring your neighborhood’s stuff that might of interest to you available easily and exchange something you have that might be value to someone else!
Perhaps, I could let someone borrow my collection of old computer books and get something that I need this summer in return!
This service is in alpha (not beta) right now and only starting to gather members. I have signed up for an account and will explore more in this site to measure its potential value to an average guy like me.
I would like to learn more about how they would ensure anonymity between the exchanges. More about it soon..