This Is Our Stop app makes Vancouver bus stops (sort of) social
Transit riders: You know how you spend most of the commute staring at your smartphones? A new mobile web app, made in Vancouver, gives you another incentive not to talk to your fellow passengers.
That’s right. Why strike up a conversation with other TransLink commuters when you can load up This Is Our Stop?
Perfect for those painful waits at the bus stop, this app gives you something to do after you’ve texted the stop number to Next Bus to find out the upcoming departure times.
Actually, skip Next Bus and go straight to This Is Our Stop. Give the app your stop number, say 51232 for Commercial Drive at East Georgia Street, and the app displays the next scheduled bus times.
But the key feature is “Talk About This Stop”. You can post a short message—200 characters max—and indicate whether your comment is about the weather, a point of interest, a suggestion, or “just saying”. There’s no field for your name, so I suppose you’ll just to imagine which one of your fellow stop users left that note about you blowing your nose without a tissue. Disgusting.
This Is Our Stop, which launched today (April 26), is an open-source project of Denim & Steel Interactive and Sam Dal Monte, and was inspired by the research of Karen Quinn Fung. The app's makers call it an "experimental conversation space that connects people around bus stops across the region". I say bookmark it.