Are Localized Q&A Apps The Next Big Thing in Social Media?
Have you ever asked someone for tips about the best places to park in the city? Maybe you asked someone with local knowledge about a great store to buy affordable designer clothing, or even asked someone about safe places to jog at night in your local area.
Location-based social networks that allow you to find answers to your questions about almost any local topic are becoming a big part of an increasingly popular niche in the world of social media.
After the major successes of Q&A giants Yahoo Answers and Quora and location-based check-in giants Foursquare and Gowalla, it was only a matter of time before a new generation of startups would bring these two app ideas together to introduce location-based Q&A to the online world. The time for location-based Q&A is now.
Localmind allows you to see other users who are in places near you, and lets you ask them questions about those places. Likewise, users can ask you questions about the places where you are. Users are motivated to give answers because they get rewarded for answering questions by earning titles such as “Expert” or “Legend.” Localmind seeks to add a new functionality to existing check-in services such as Facebook, Foursquare, and Gowalla, rather than seeking to replace them all together. Localmind realizes that its hard to beat the others location-based services at the game they are already winning, so they instead seek to improve upon the concept of check-in services by building it with location-based Q&A.
Askalo allows users to ask questions about any local topic and share their own tips and recommendations with each other in over 1600 cities in 40 countries and 5 languages. Askalo not only seeks to help users discover things to do in new cities, but also seeks to help its users discover new things to do in their own cities. Askalo encourages site activity by rewarding and ranking users for their questions and answers, allowing them to vote on answers, and by giving users the ability to friend and write each other private messages in a way similar to the popular features on the Facebook, the king of social networking.