OneTwib struck me as interesting because I’m always looking for new ways to connect with people in my local area. With that being said, “OneTwib is a location-based social network that lets you connect with people around you, in your neighborhood, at work or anywhere.” Right from the homepage, you can enter your zip code to set your location and see who’s around you at-a-glance.
Creating an account is easy and they also allow you to login via Facebook Connect. Creating an account allows you to really get involved and see what’s going on in your neighborhood.
Here you can post status updates, see what’s happening in your area and get a quick view of your inbox. There are also separate tabs for editing your location and viewing your contacts.
This is where you can view your messages in more detail and also see the messages that you’ve sent.
Here you can see a list of people who are around you via a map and text list underneath. You can manipulate the map by zooming in and out and moving around. There is another tab that lets you view and edit your profile.
Here you can see events that are going on in your area as well as create and manage your own events. This is a great way to get involved and get others involved. Creating an event is as simple as filling out a little info such as title, description, time, duration, location and attendance requirements.
Here there are tabs for messages, classifieds and lost & found. You can choose the perimeter for who you’d like to view messages from; the max is 5 miles. You can also post messages to be seen by people in your area. Classifieds and lost & found should be pretty self explanatory; it’s like a mini version of Craigslist, but just for your neighborhood.
If you’re looking for yet another way to connect with your neighbors, why not join or create a group? All that’s needed is a title, description and location and you can have your group started. This is great for meeting people with like interests and hobbies.
Unfortunately, OneTwib is really only beneficial if there are other people in your neighborhood using the site. You can, of course, share the site with and invite friends and neighbors (if you happen to have their email address). In my fairly large area of Tampa, I only saw one other person using the site. The site definitely has potential, it just needs the users. What’s your take on it?