November 4, 2011
I have been hitting up my friends lately for help with moving and putting together a boatload of IKEA furniture – always fun! Luckily, I know who I can turn to for stuff like that, but the app from LocalHero is a great alternative for finding friends who can lend a hand with things you need now.
LocalHero is the first mobile app (available for the iPhone – an Android version is coming soon) for friends helping friends with the things you need. Thanks to social media, we all have a ton of friends in our network. Some of them may be next door, a day’s drive or a few time zones away. Then there’s Twitter, where most of our connections are strangers. This means there’s no easy to find friends who can help you unless you handpick a few people or broadcast to everyone you know.
The app was designed to help you find the people who are most likely to help you. You can make a request and view requests being posted by the people around you and by friends. The app lets you add photos, change your location, add tags, and set sharing options – friends only, Facebook, Twitter, and/or the entire LocalHero network. LocalHero then lets you know who can help you.
Here’s how it works: They integrate all the data about everyone in your network and on LocalHero, including their social, interest, and location graphs, process the data using a proprietary algorithm, and instantly produce a short list of people who can help you right now.
Give it a try and let us know what you think – just leave a comment below.
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