'Foursquare on steroids' indeed.
Ditto presents a mobile app that organises and socialises your social life in some smooth ways.
With Ditto you're able not only to broadcast what you feel like eating to your social network, but immediately source a place to satisfy your craving, and easily recruit those interested. Other options for socialising your social life also include seeing what movies are available nearby, seeing which friends have seen it, aggregating their reviews, and heading to see it with the friends who would be up for joining in.
Linked up through Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook APIs Ditto is a great service that goes past the 'broadcast' and takes it to the next level of social collaboration.
The latest from Jaiku founder Jyri Engestrom, Ditto is also looking to branch out into book and music recommendations. With Jaiku having been swallowed up and acquired many moons ago by Google, could Ditto be looking at another such acquisition?
The pathway upwards away from the simple act of sharing to collaboration seems one certainly worth swallowing up yet.
A 'Flirting Facilitator Platform', Like A Little is Craigslist's Missed Connections real-time. At this point, mostly available for students of campuses across America, Like A Little aggregates a stream of real-time comments "Girl wearing yellow in my French class, you're cute." or "I like you row two, three from the projector." etcetera.
Like A Little streams every comment anonymously and you can pick up a conversation with any of those who are writing in. Giving each user an anonymous handle named after a fruit 'blueberry', 'banana', 'orange' leads to a lighthearted fruitbowl of commentary and conversation.
The testimonial section of the website attests to lots of friendships made and crushes tended to. Linked up with a browser based location sharing, you can scale the comment streams to 'nearby', but what about taking it all the way to which tutor room is 'apple' crushing from now?
A very sweet idea, the Like A Little platform have also opened up an API to game developers. Hoping to expose the platform to further interaction they muse on the phrase 'the Zynga of LAL (Like A Little)'. A hovering chat in the bottom right also harkens to some Facebook inspired interactivity. And here's the charm, real-time, mobile, location based hook-ups, Like A Little on the app store.
Turn your quilting habit into a repair for your car.
Swapaskill offers a network of individuals seeking for things they can't do themselves, and ready to swap a skill of theirs in return. Hairdressers offer up a cut for some website design, a Vietnamese speaker needs to learn how to dance, a stress management consultant needs some woodwork.
Heading back to the trade economy before the days of monetary trading for the internet age. Swapaskill also encourages listing of your unwanted items to trade up with the lists of skills available on the network.
Big skills in demand, design, gardening and massage, and big ones on offer, cooking, English lessons and all things computer related.
Sweet stories that have amounted are a holiday in India for creating a website, a patio for some French lessons, and legal advice for some Jimmy Choos.
Founder Nicole Wehden recalls the thought behind her initiative, "I remembered my Father who was passionate about boats. He had a friend called Tommy who loved to go out fishing in his little fishing boat. Dad would often come home after a day down at the boatyard with a big smile on his face telling us how he'd helped Tommy out with his boat. "His motor broke down so I fixed it for him". Or, "we gave Tommy's boat a lick of paint today". It was obvious that Dad got a great deal of pleasure out of doing what he loved best at the same time as helping out his mate. The smile on his face was just as big when he used to come home with a carrier bag full of fish that Tommy had caught and given him that day. "You can't buy fish that fresh anywhere", he would say, looking like the cat that got the cream.
This is the spirit I wanted to create in the Swapaskill community and some of our members' stories and experiences show us that this is exactly what's already happening – it's wonderful."
Get swapping yourself here.