"Picture the scene,” says Tim Buick, founder and local resident, “a local running club creates a pin board at the lamp post, which serves as their meeting point. Alan wants to do a 10-mile run, Dave wants advice on a niggling knee injury and Karen wants to know if anyone is going to the half marathon at the weekend. They all add comments and soon get their advice, running partners and a lift, from various other members reading their posts. After their run, they check the pin board and join the pub trip suggested by Peter, 10 minutes ago, as the pub has just offered a 2-for-1 offer on real ale.”
Jo said: “Great to see an Orpington tech start-up knit the Green Street Green community together like this - I congratulate Tim for coming up with such an ingenious idea and urge local businesses to help build up this exciting new online marketplace.”
New social media on the block, StreetPin, provides a community-focused way of meeting those around you. Its interactive pin boards connect people through a common environment, atmosphere or venue, rather than existing contacts. Think of a hybrid between Facebook, Foursquare and eBay, with its own spin to engage local community activity. They aim to bring this simple concept to a global audience – the mantra being ‘connecting the world, one community at a time’.
Users discover communities of interest on their doorstep or on the other side of the world. They can join a community for a minute or a lifetime, if there’s no pin board there – they simply create a free one, direct from their handset.
Posts are made by members of the Association to stimulate interest and raise local concerns
See Orpington Community for discussion of issues across a wider area
Click on map to see the Green Street Green area: