An application launched in New York city a few years ago was Playdope, the aim of which connect people whose paths through the city overlap somehow both digitally and physically. In order to use Playdope, it is a prerequisite to have a facebook account, with which one can log-in to the app and share some basic info. When Playdope is open, it identifies people within its network which are at the proximity of the user at that specific moment. After the notification is at user’s discretion if he/she would like to interact with the, as the app’s initiators calls them, “familiar strangers”. Playdope offers an ice-breaker activity (a quick trivia game) and after that a chat room appears which remains active for 24 hours, giving this way the opportunity to users to talk and exchange further info about themselves or even arrange a real – world meeting if they want.
Another concept similar to the social-bus app, but not for urban travellers this time, is the “We met on a plane” app. This application is about finding a fellow air-traveller who walked away after landing without exchanging much personal information or/and contact details. After downloading the app, the user can search for his/her flight, using filters such as the flight number, the date it took place, origin and destination and then share a story about that specific flight and read all potential stories from other passengers. Then if somebody recognizes him/herself between words, he/she is free to reply to the story and the person who wrote it will receive an e-mail notification and so on.
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