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Dec 17 2012 picture Philip Estrada Reichen

Introducing LocalUncle 2


About a year ago, we launched LocalUncle 1. We built it because we wanted to give us (and everybody else) an easy tool to figure out what was going on in the world around us. We’ve been listening to our users and realized that we were in the position to build something much more substantial. Something that would improve the day-to-day lives of millions of people.  That’s why we created LocalUncle 2:


LocalUncle makes your life in the city easier.

Cities are crazy. They’re big, complex and change constantly. It’s sometimes hard to quickly find the information, things and places you need, where you need them and when you need them. With LocalUncle, all you have to do is ask your question. That’s it. It’s the most natural way of finding an answer to your problems. Fellow users on the ground will answer. It’s like having thousands of friends all throughout the city who you can reach at the same time with one text. It’s that simple.


Brand New Home Screen

We redesigned and rewrote the entire app to make it much more intuitive and useful. We got rid of most of the buttons and menus and made it much simpler to use. You can ask a question from within the home screen about an area or a specific place simply by tapping on the text bar or the pin.

We also came up with an innovative split-screen view where you can see all the action around you as it’s happening. On the top half, you see a map with the most popular places around you. A simple tap on a marker and you can fire off your question. On the lower half of the screen you’ll see a list of all the conversations taking place within that map area. Feel free to explore the world by moving and zooming the map.


Strike Up a Conversation

A question and an answer are really just the beginning of a conversation. We made it easy for you to keep chatting with the people who answered your question. You might have follow-up questions, right? Now you can ask them, in real time. It’ll feel like texting a good friend.

You can join any conversation you want and contribute your knowledge. Our messaging system works exclusively through push-notifications because we hate emails. We’ll never send you an email with a question or answer in it. That’s why it’s important for you to allow push notifications. Don’t worry, our smart algorithms will make sure you won’t get more than one question every few days. We hate spam and certainly won’t spam you. We promise.


Powerful Search Tools For Faster Access

It’s easy to find out about stuff around you, because, by default, we center the map and all the conversations around your exact position. But what if you wanted to know something about a place at the other side of town? Would you move the map till you saw the place? What if you didn’t exactly know where that place was?

That’s why we rebuilt our search design: tap on the magnifying glass on the home screen and you’ll enter search mode. You can search for a particular place name, such as Starbucks, or a whole neighborhood or city like Soho or San Francisco. We’ll show you a list of places, neighborhoods and cities that match the keywords you entered. The higher up in the list the place is, the closer it is to your current location. It’s an easy way to quickly find any place, neighborhood or city and ask a question about it.


Why did we build LocalUncle?

We believe that people are fundamentally good. We believe that people like to help others when they need help. We built LocalUncle so we could harness this altruism and magnify it and in doing so, we end up with something that is more valuable than the sum of its parts. We believe that a more open and connected world is a better world and we do our part by allowing you to communicate freely with perfect strangers across neighborhoods, cities, countries and borders.
We built LocalUncle because we think that the world is a better place with it. I know, I know, this might sound sappy, but we really believe that. Improving your quality of life in your home city or any others you may visit is only the beginning. LocalUncle takes strangers and turns them into fellow citizens of the world. And sometimes, even friends. We are connected as a global family “ and together, we might just change the world, one friendly question-and-answer at a time.


Welcome to our family!

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