Many companies approach me asking me to try out their products. Most of the time these are useful products, and I can see how some people might use them quite often, but for me personally they are just not a good fit. Earlier this month I was approached by a company called Reclipper. This was something that I immediately saw the value in, especially for travel planning.
Reclipper is designed in a similar way to Facebook, which makes it very intuitive to use. You can make a topic page about whatever you want, and then you and others that find the page can post links or all sorts of media, comment on the posting, and vote is up as helpful.
The example that they showed me in their pitch email was a page about planning a trip to London, where two friends posted links to activities, resources, and hotel listings they had found online, and the other person could comment. It immediately caught my interest.
When you are planning a trip, how great would it be to have all the cool links you found all in one convenient place? Instead of trying to replicate your search terms to bring you back to that awesome site you saw a couple days ago… you can have it all stored on Reclipper. Imagine how much easier this would make it to plan a trip with friends. Instead of having to email each other links which can potentially get lost in a long message history – everything will be on one page. Each person can put up links to things they found, and the others can put their comments on it as well. You could plan a trip with multiple people really smoothly with this resource.
When I was planning my trip to Hungary, Serbia and Romania with two friends back in 2007, we would physically print out the cool things we had found online during our research and then meet weekly at a uni cafeteria to compare notes…. how much easier would Reclipper have made our lives back then.
I guess on a bigger scale, once the site really takes off, it could also become a one stop information stop for a destination or topic where people from all over the world post their awesome resources. But for now… I like it as the way it is now. Small and personal.
Next week Dan and I leave for New Caledonia. I tested out Reclipper when planning my New Caledonia trip. During my internet research, any interesting photo, link, or blog that I can across I would post on to Reclipper. Then I could re visit it a day or a week or a month later, and all my research would be in one easy to navigate place.
Of course with New Caledonia, there was not a lot of information on the internet about this destination, so my Reclipper board is a little sparse. I guess OurOyster will have to do our best to put out as much great, informational, and inspirational content as we can to help remedy that! And of course, I will post it on my Reclipper board. 🙂