Monday, May 31, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Lobster Network

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was asked to take a look at and review Anyone can try it, you can sign up for FREE!

LobsterNetwork is an "item networking site".

Anything you can think of sharing with others, you can post on LobsterNetwork- audios, books, tools, videos, video games, etc.

You can lend things, sell things, borrow things, trade things, and give things away using the LobsterNetwork and only with people whom you choose.

You register and begin to make friends so you can browse their stuff.

How LobsterNetwork works:(from their website)
It's simple. Create a personal library of your stuff.
It's easy. Create friendships with the people you know.
It's fast. Browse your friend’s stuff and request to borrow something.
It's flexible. Approve or reject any request for your stuff.
It's controlled. Decide who sees your stuff. Even create "communities" of friends that only share stuff with each other.
It's helpful. It tracks your stuff on loan and automatically reminds your friends when to return your stuff.
It's secure. Keep a private inventory of your stuff online for insurance purposes. Include pictures too.
It's free. Best of all it's free.

To find out more, you can go to the LobsterNetwork site and take a tour. The concept is interesting. For no fee you can have another way of moving on things you don't need anymore and collecting things you do need. As a person who takes great care to move things out regularly (small space and all that), it's great to have another tool to use that appears to be safe and easy to use.

However, just like I don't use social networking sites like Facebook, I don't have time in my life for "stuff networking". I have some tried and true ways to buy, sell, and give away items that work well, but I can keep LobsterNetwork in mind when that changes.

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