1 in 2 people in cities don't know their neighbors. A new app out of Harvard University, Getmii, is trying to solve that.
When you need something (a stick of butter midway through baking, a piano teacher for the kids, a dog sitter), post in Getmii and your need is shared with the 1,000 people physically closest to you, without having to awkwardly knock on someone's door. The app has also found a natural market in college campuses, where lecture notes and cases of beer can be found instantly.
"The app is an icebreaker, neighbors are using it to help one another, and that initial contact is turning into friendships – like a community should be," said co-founder Maxwell Meyer.
Getmii uses Facebook login to verify that people near you use real profiles, and you can see any mutual friends in common. "The idea to broadcast needs to your neighbors has never been done. We're amazed at the progress so far, and the positive reception to the app," said lead developer Teerawat Vanasapdamrong.
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