One of the co-founders of the popular restaurant reservation site “OpenTable” has decided to dive head first into a brand new project. Chuck Templeton recently launched his new site, dedicated to attempting to bring neighbors together more entitled, “OhSoWe.”
On the brand new site, users first need to register their information including their home address (as of now there is no social network integration with other sites so everything will have to be filled out from scratch.) Once the person or people are registered on the site they can view all sorts of different get-togethers or activities that are going on in their surrounding area. Additionally users can post very basic personal ads such as an advertisement for their handi-man skills so that those in the neighborhood will be able to come calling from right next door.
Templeton says that the purpose of the site is that so neighbors can get to know each other easier and safely and to provide a better way to set up block parties or meetings. At present the site is completely free and if it can do for neighborhood bashes what “OpenTable” did for restaurant reservations the site should eventually get quite a following. One spot where the site does fall short and where it could burn them in the short run, is the inability to link to either Twitter or Facebook. With so many sites allowing integration to the point where you only need to enter your login information in order to link to the site, OhSoWe’s failing in that area could be magnified.
Despite this one little flaw, the ability to simply enter your address and find out the latest happenings could be an especially helpful function for those who are brand new to a certain area and want to immediately get involved and meet their neighbors. Using a site like this eliminates the sometimes intrusive practice of going door-to-door introducing yourself or simply getting left out of the neighborhood functions all together. “OhSoWe” could certainly end up replacing email as the main medium used in order to get meetings and party information out to a larger group.