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Neighborhood mailbox stickers let communities display items they have to share
If those nostalgic for the pre-digital age are to be believed, neighbors used to simply knock on a door to ask to borrow something, but now they’re too engrossed in their smartphone screen to even know who lives next door. To solve this problem and renew a sharing community spirit, Pumpipumpe is a Switzerland-based project that is encouraging residents to place stickers on their mailbox to denote the goods they’re willing to lend to their neighbors. READ MORE…
A sharing marketplace for business
The number of sharing marketplaces targeted towards consumers is perhaps rapidly reaching saturation point. Airbnb is a popular choice for travel rentals, and we recently wrote about The OX, a sharing marketplace for camping goods. Looking to switch tact, we’ve now come across Floow2. Designed for B2B use, the platform is enabling businesses to rent out equipment such as forklift trucks and earth-diggers to other organisations. READ MORE…
Social headphones bring back the art of listening to music together
Music is something that should be shared with friends, but the rise of iPods and smartphones means that many consumers now experience music predominantly as a solitary affair, closed off from the world through their headphones. We’ve already seen Muzik attempt to make headphones more social with built-in buttons to instantly share current tracks on social media. Now California-based startup Wearhaus is introducing its ARC headphones, which can pair with other nearby users, syncing audio across multiple devices. READ MORE…
Community boxes let city residents share anything
While startups such as Boxbee aim to turn customers self storage assets into a shareable library of goods among friends, a new project in Switzerland is taking a similar concept into the public sphere. Boîtes d’Échange Entre Voisins — or Neighborhood Exchange Boxes — are a network of brightly-decorated repositories where residents can leave books, toys or other items they’d like to give to the community. READ MORE…
Service enables brands to learn their customers’ music tastes
It’s a given that social media has resulted in a new mass of available information about people of all kinds, and we’ve seen a slew of services aim to harness this data to provide better personalized suggestions , fromholidays to consumer products. Hoping to bring the capabilities of Facebook Search to music taste, 25mostplayed.com aims to provide a greater insight into the listening habits of consumers to give businesses a deeper understanding of their fans. READ MORE…
Platform enables designers to publish and share interactive 3D models online
Dreambox vending machines have already allowed anyone to get their 3D designs printed on demand, but what if they want to share their creations? Sketchfab is aiming to do for 3D fabrication what Youtube did for video, enabling designers to publish, share and embed their files in a visual and interactive way on any website. READ MORE…
Pinterest-style site integrates social sharing, digital identification and online shopping
We’ve already seen CrowdSend tap the crowds to help consumers identify unlabelled products in online images. Improving on this concept, myStorey is a new platform that enables users to create curated digital pinboards, with photo-tagging capabilities to let friends know where they bought the items. READ MORE…
Site helps travelers find peer-to-peer alternatives
Regular Springwise readers are already well-acquainted with the peer-to-peer model through which consumers around the globe are sharing their cars, their homes, their tools and their mobile internet connections, to name just a few examples. Now focusing on travelers, Trablr aims to help users book entire trips using a peer-to-peer approach. READ MORE…
Site helps neighbors share rarely used goods


We’ve seen an increasing number of sharing platforms appear over the years, as consumers seek to lend and borrow rarely used items while earning and saving some extra cash. NeighborGoods and StuffPal are two efforts we’ve seen designed to facilitate such exchanges, and recently we came across another: Share Some Sugar. READ MORE…
App connects those in need of a bathroom with locals willing to share one


Consumers have already proven willing to share their gardens, storage space, parking spots and CPU time in exchange for a little extra cash, so why not their bathrooms, too? That, indeed, is the premise behind CLOO’, a smartphone app that will soon connect those in urgent need of a restroom with urban dwellers willing to share one. READ MORE…
Photo-sharing site protects copyright and tracks views

Videos, sounds and documents have long been easy to share on the  internet thanks to the likes of YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Scribd and  others. Sharing pictures legally, however, hasn’t been so easy. That’s  where Picuous comes in, with a site  that enables users to share their pictures while protecting copyright  and even tracking details about who has viewed them. READ MORE…
DIY platform enables fractional ownership of rarely used items

We’ve seen the fractional ownership model applied to luxury goods including supercars, second homes, jets and high-end motorcycles. Aiming to expand the concept’s reach, diyFractional is a site that helps people set up and manage shared ownership arrangements for any type of infrequently used good. READ MORE…