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Localmind Stories: Dave in Kelowna

Dave Olson found a perfect opportunity to use Localmind in Kelowna, British Colombia to save hours on his commute:

"I’ve been a LocalMind user for a while but mostly just answering questions and checking in. However, I recently had an opportunity to experience the real power behind Localmind. A collapsing overpass, resulted in brutally slow bridge traffic between Kelowna and West Kelowna. I had tried earlier in the afternoon to get across the bridge but it took me nearly an hour to go one block and I still wasn’t near the bridge so I gave up and went home. I tried without success to get some updated information by googling and checking the local news and twitter feeds but then I remembered Localmind. I quickly found a user who had checked in on the bridge within the past hour and asked what the traffic was like. He gave me great feedback and even pointed out that the left lane seemed to be moving quicker than the right lane. So based on his information, I headed back across the bridge and took the left lane. It only took me 40 minutes to get across although I had from others that it had taken up to 3.5 hours to cross the bridge. Without the time-sensitive feedback from a Localmind user I would not have been able to time my trip to beat the traffic.”

Thanks Dave! There’s nothing like getting the real scoop on what traffic is like from people stuck in that traffic right now.

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Black Friday with Localmind

Black Friday has come and gone. Through the crowds, empty shelves, and stressed nerves, Localmind was there. Hundreds of eager shoppers used Localmind to figure out where to go, what to avoid, and when to call it a night.

For this momentous festival of commerce, we ran a contest looking for the best answers to questions sent that day. We were blown away by the response! The winners of the contest have been contacted. If you haven’t been contacted, better luck next time, and hang tight for more contests in the future.

Check out some of our favorite responses throughout the day below. Enjoy!

Apple Stores were always big draws:

If you weren’t there at midnight, you usually missed out on the big-ticket items:

Simple things can yield the biggest rewards:

Leave the kids at home! Black Friday is a war zone:

Or maybe it’s not even worth leaving the house?

But there were bright spots:

Even indie shops went all out:

Gross:

And we close with some sage advice:

Thank you again to all our contestants!

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Win Prizes on Black Friday with Localmind!

Avoid the lines, save time, and win an iPad®!

Use Localmind to find the shortest lines and the best deals around town. As a special promotion for Black Friday, when you check in and answer any question this coming Friday, you will become eligble to win fabulous prizes. Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up
Localmind for iOS
If haven’t already, grab the Localmind app and sign up. No iOS device? That’s OK! See below.

2. Connect Foursquare®

Connect your Foursquare account to Localmind (under Profile/Settings).

3. Check in

Check in with Foursquare anywhere you shop on Black Friday (11/25/2011).

4. Answer and Win!

The best answers on Black Friday win!

The holidays can get busy. Localmind is here to help.

Use Localmind to find the shortest lines, locate the hard-to-get items on your shopping list, route around traffic, and participate in the holiday fun in your community. This contest is just an example! We’ll be paying attention to all the creative ways people use Localmind this season, and the best ones will go on our blog.

On Friday, check out all the Black Friday activity at http://www.localmind.com/blackfriday2011:

Black Friday Awesomeness!

The rules:

  1. We’ve giving away an iPad 2, an iPod Touch, and a $50 Apple gift certificate for the three best answers to Localmind questions on Black Friday 2011 (11/25/2011).
  2. Answer as many questions as you like, but you are only eligible to win one prize.
  3. You must share the answer on Twitter (tap the Twitter icon before submitting your answer).
  4. Answers will be judged on: creativity, quality of the answer (a photo attached to the answer is highly encouraged!), how quickly the answer is received, and how many times other Twitter users re-tweet your answer.
  5. If you do not have an iPhone, or do not receive a question, simply tweet a photo of a crowd with a mention of “@Localmind” and “#blackfriday” to enter the contest.
  6. Entries will be judged by their creativity and how well they capture the frenzy of Black Friday, so writing a Perl script to sign up a thousand Foursquare and Localmind accounts will not increase your chance of winning. (Localmind likes the way you think, though; have you perused our jobs page lately?)
  7. Apple® is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. iPad® and iPod touch® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
  8. Complete contest rules can be found here.

Happy Holidays from Team Localmind, and good luck!

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Meet the New Localmind

You told us what you wanted, and we’re delivering!

Download the latest version of Localmind iOS, hot off the presses. This is only the first in a series of releases that bring together everything we’ve heard from you since the day we launched Localmind. Stay tuned for a lot more over the next couple of months. Seriously. When you see where we’re going, we know you’ll be as excited as we are.

You want answers?

 
The new Localmind has a brand new tab dedicated to just that: Answers. We heard that you want answers, but don’t always want to ask a question. This new tab allows you to browse answers to questions asked in your neighborhood or anywhere else around the world, simply by panning and zooming the map.

Looking for the best shopping downtown? Move the map to downtown, select “Shops,” and see answers instantly. Looking for outdoor fun in SF? Move the map to cover SF, select “Parks & Outdoors,” and see what local experts are suggesting. We’re planning to do a lot more with this tab, so stay tuned.

You want to know more about experts?

 


We heard that you found Localmind experts around your city extremely helpful, but you wanted to know more about who these experts were. We (inadvertantly) did a great job hiding this information in previous releases. No more! Tap on a venue to see who has leveled up to a Localmind Expert there. Get a sense of who will be receiving your question if you were to ask about that venue. Learn more about your local community, and find people with similar interests.


You want to know why you got a question?


Ever get a Localmind question, and wonder why you got it? Not any more. From now on, every time you receive a question, we’ll explain why Localmind determined you were the most likely user to give a good answer. We’re starting very simple here, but we plan to give you more and more control over what kind of questions you want to answer.

There’s more? Yes!

  • Privacy controls: Show your profile to other Localmind users only when you want to
  • Improved performance: Major improvements! The app will be much snappier, especially the map
  • Refreshed interface: A brighter, happier, look
  • If you’ve read this far down: See if anything happens if you shake the map a few times …

This is only the first step in series of very cool releases. We have some extremely exciting things coming, many of which have been a long time in the making. We’re so excited about all of the things that are finally coming together, and we can’t wait to show them to you. That’s all we can say for now, so stay tuned!



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Localmind Stories: Tracy at Trader Joe’s

Tracy Lee, founder and CEO of the scrumptious Dishcrawl, recounts her recent chocolatey experience with Localmind at Trader Joe’s:

It’s that time of season when I crave holiday sweets.  I was daydreaming of those chocolate calendars at Trader Joe’s, and I opened Localmind to see if anyone knew if they were there. I got two responses, including one from my friend @marshmelones!  I didn’t even know she was on Localmind! Localmind saved me a good hour of driving to TJ’s to see if my precious chocolate calendars were there. :)

That’s one less hour driving and one more hour with that sweet, sweet chocolate.

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We’ve Moved! Localmind HQ Now in the Heart of SoMa.

It’s been just over 3 months since we picked up and moved Localmind HQ from Montreal to San Francisco. Being new to San Francisco, we knew we wanted to find an office to share with other startups and to get connected to the scene quickly. We searched around for a coworking space (interesting factoid: coworking was invented by Montreal native Tara Hunt!) and were lucky to come across the one and only RocketSpace.

The happy white board that greeted us every morning

Nathan (from Weddingful) is not amused about us moving 

We have been there ever since … until today! We were recently introduced to the folks at Relevvant, who happened to have some extra space they made available for up-and-coming startups, so we decided to make the move. We’re now located at 300 Brannan St., right across the street from the esteemed 21st Amendment, and next door to the impossibly delicious American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. God help us.

Beau and Nelson grabbing their stuff on the way to the new office

Never too many massive monitors

Our new offices

And … not much has changed

We’ll miss the friends we made at RocketSpace, like Weddingful, Ethical Ocean, The Fabler, Youneeq, Atlee Clark, Michael Wozniak, Jen, Audrey, Duncan, and the rest of the 1st floor crew.

If you’re ever near 2nd & Brannan, or want to check out our new digs for no reason in particular, just hit us up!

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Localmind Stories: Mark at LAX

Localmind user Mark shares his recent Localmind story with us:

Well, the Virgin American terminal at LAX is hit and miss.  At times it’s moderately busy, and at other times (usually later in the evening, when a V Australia flight to.. well.. Australia is expected), it looks like a stranded airport with people laying around on backpacks and sharing jackets for makeshift blankets.

So about 35 minutes before arrival, I loaded up Localmind on my iPad2 on my wifi-equipped Virgin America flight, identified a passenger at the Virgin terminal and asked them what sort of “busy” I could expect.  That person responded that it wasn’t super bad, so I was able to send a quick message to my parking facility as to when to expect both my arrival ramp side and when to get my car ready.  This sounds trivial to anyone who doesn’t travel through LAX often, but anyone who DOES knows that the LAX horseshoe can take almost 15 minutes to clear in the 9 o’clock hour.

Localmind saved me about 35 minutes with just a little bit of live information about something that could never be monitored without another human’s feedback.  By simply connecting humans in a safe, yet direct manner, Localmind has tapped effectively in to the already-existing social universe to share information in ways that actually matter.

Thanks Mark for sharing your story!

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Why the look of shock and the world’s freakiest trophy in Lenny’s hand? Because we took home first place at the Location and Beyond Summit 2011! Huzzah!


“Congratulation to Localmind for having been chosen for an Investor’s Choice award by an esteemed panel of venture capitalists at the Locations & Beyond Summit, attended by top global location industry decision makers,” said Kanwar Chadha, chief marketing officer and board member of CSR and founder of SiRF. “Localmind clearly demonstrated the benefits of using a real-time, location-based question and answer platform to enhance the daily experiences of individuals, and it represents one of the most cutting-edge location-aware solutions.”

Why the look of shock and the world’s freakiest trophy in Lenny’s hand? Because we took home first place at the Location and Beyond Summit 2011! Huzzah!

“Congratulation to Localmind for having been chosen for an Investor’s Choice award by an esteemed panel of venture capitalists at the Locations & Beyond Summit, attended by top global location industry decision makers,” said Kanwar Chadha, chief marketing officer and board member of CSR and founder of SiRF. “Localmind clearly demonstrated the benefits of using a real-time, location-based question and answer platform to enhance the daily experiences of individuals, and it represents one of the most cutting-edge location-aware solutions.”