Uniiverse: Marketplace for Collaborative Living

However hard one tries, it is almost impossible to live without interacting with other human beings. Today, our online selves are more social than our real world versions. And this could not be a healthy trend. Mingling with the crowd often has its benefits. Uniiverse is an app that tries to unlock the potential of crowd sourcing.

Uniiverse is the world’s local platform for collaborative living. The web app allows you to find unique experiences and activities: learn a new language, join a sushi class, go scuba diving or something that’s far more exciting. Meet new people or reconnect with your friends. Could this app help us become adventurous in our day to day activities?

Overview

Overview

Overview

The concept of Uniiverse might look a bit all over the place, but actually it isn’t. It is an online destination from where you can offer or employ the service of someone from you locality to make your life easier. For instance, if you are a young student, you can offer to babysit, help people with computers, teach stuff to kids etc. for a small fee. Folks in need of help might look at your profile, employ your services and pay you. It’s very simple!

Discovering Services

With apps like these, the quickest way to get started is by discovering the listings posted by those offering services and activities. The Discover section is divided into Services and Activities with four different categories under each. Training classes, chores, items to share and spaces for rent make up the four categories under Services.

Discovering Uniiverse

Discovering Uniiverse

I tried out the Items to Share category, which had a decent number of listings and they actually were quite useful too. Uniiverse intelligently uses your IP address to ascertain your location to show localized listings. Since IP addresses aren’t as accurate as GPS data, use the map on the top left corner to select your exact location.

Items to Share Listings

Items to Share Listings

Click on a listing to see the dedicated listing page with all the relevant details. Clear photographs and detailed address complete with a map view make the entire process a whole lot easier. The availability calender is another interesting feature that helps you select the slots available for you to rent the item.

A Rental Listing

A Rental Listing

Another key feature is the Trust Score. You don’t want to be cheated by someone who is renting out low quality or broken items or completely dishonors the arrangement altogether. That’s where the trust score comes in. Users who have already rented out the item from the person can leave a trust score benefiting other users.

You will be shown the trust score of the person left by anonymous users. To see personalized a trust score, go ahead and sign up for an account. From the same page, you can contact the person to get clarifications and check out other listings from the same person as well.

Creating a Listing

Offering Services and Activities

Offering Services and Activities

You can create listings under the same two broader categories – Services and Activities. But you have more sub categories to create listings under each category. Find the icon that correctly identifies the listing you have in mind and click on it. You will need a Uniiverse account to post your listing, but thankfully you can quickly do so by logging with your Facebook account.

For some crazy reason, I was redirected back to the homepage after creating an account. I had to go through the same steps again for no reason at all. People have very little attention span these days and they might not be willing to go through the ordeal one more time.

Creating a Listing

Creating a Listing

Creating a listing is actually incredibly easy and all you have to do is fill a form. The mapping part of the app is done brilliantly. Maps are integrated as and where possible and in all cases, locations are auto suggested.

Time Slots

Time Slots

If you are hosting an event, use the date picker to select the correct date and time. However, if you are offering a service choose the time slots and the charge by day, hour and week. You don’t have to accept all bookings either. Uniiverse offers you the option to prescreen all registrations and approve them on a case by case basis. Very thoughtful!

Final Thoughts

Uniiverse is a full blown platform that evangelizes local collaborative living. The idea isn’t brand new and looks like a mashup of a lot of services like Task Rabbit, AirBnB, Craigslist, Skillshare etc. But, it’s actually painless to have all the services from under one umbrella instead of jumping from one web app to another.

If you have time check out the videos explaining the service in detail at the bottom of the homepage. They are professionally done and are to the point. Services like Uniiverse have to be careful in vetting people offering services. Even billion dollar companies like AirBnB get publicly pulled up for complaints regarding vandalism by occupants. One bad apple can ruin the reputation for good. Uniiverse is an app worth checking out!

Share Your Thoughts!

Are you impressed with the offerings of Uniiverse? How open are you to the idea of opening your house to a stranger you found online to do some chores?


Summary

Uniiverse allows you to find unique experiences and activities: learn a new language, join a sushi class, go scuba diving or something that’s far more exciting.

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  • http://www.kidsspygeartoys.com/ Spy

    Wow, I really like the idea of social sharing in real, not online, life. it seems that social networking services and sharing gives us some interesting ideas for offsite networking and sharing as well.

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