The last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking more and more about localized services. Not just useable on mobiles (which Telenor, Mobilink and ICT RnD fund led us to believe is the next big thing at a recent SI event), but useable through the web in general.
Before I go any further, let me tell you why I’ve been thinking along these lines. I moved to Islamabad recently (as have a lot of others from all over the country, given the growing population of the city), and as of now, know jack about the businesses or services being offered here. A couple of recent examples have been:
- Where to go for quality clothes shopping cheap?
- What are the nearest video shops to my home? To my office? Whats the contact numbers?
- What kind of home delivery services are there here?
- Where’s the nearest hospital, emergency room, testing center and TCS center!
- And so on so forth.
Being from a net-aware generation, and not having a lot of friends whom I could turn to (and those I did, told me to go to pindi for everything 😉 ) I tried turning to the web for the answers to these queries. And I had no where to turn to. What I need is a website where I give out a location and what kind of businesses im looking for, and the website gives me the names, contact information, address and driving instructions as well as any user reviews, so that I can
- Save time by knowing where to go and
- Know I’m dealing with professionals and spending my money wisely
What ends up happening is that im spending large amounts of time driving around or asking everybody I meet about the specific shops that I need. Given the hikes in fuel and other prices, Im sure my time and money would be well spent in other areas and not roaming around the city trying to find these things. Case in point, I still have to get my car fixed because I cant seem to find a good rated mechanic here. Everybody just tells me to go to pindi.
Anybody else feeling the need for such services? If so, what exactly would you need from them and how would you use them? Come up with ideas and maybe someone reading this blog might give it their time and attention.