One of the great things about people, in my opinion, is being able to share, not only opinions, but also help and pieces of advice.
The internet has played a big source of information and advice in the past, but never in the way that we’re going to be experiencing today.
One of the big flaws of this part of the internet, is that a great deal of it has an impersonal air about it (not all of course). Everything gets countered straight on, often in a rush.
Imagine a community where online help gets personal again, where people go to help, or in search of the latter. Like a grown up, where people go to swap skills – quite literally.
Dear reader, meet swapaskill. I’m sure you’ll get along just perfect.
Swapaskill throws the impersonality overboard and goes back to the essential things that friends and family do for each other – giving favours and returning them. It’s all based on the principle of doing things you love, and helping others at the same time. In return, when you’ve got problems with something, you can count on the help of others.
Swapaskill essentially brings together people who can help each other out with various things.
How Does It Work?
To match the right people up – as some might say – they quite simply ask each user to state their skills upon signing up. Of course you can always adjust these skills later on.
The meaning of these skills can be taken quite broadly. It can be something like being good with Photoshop, or MS Word, and willing to help the struggling other. It can also be something more solid, like being a good cook; you can not only offer tips, but even your service as a cook, or frozen meals.
Swapaskill has recently also started supporting. the possibility of swapping items.
If you need help with something, you can search for skills based on keywords; e.g. if I’ve got a problem with Spanish, swapaskill will put forward all the users who’ve stated it as one of their skills.
You can then access their profiles and contact them with any questions you might have.
Additionally, you can also save your searches, so skilled users can easily find and contact you themselves.
After you’ve been helped by someone, you can assign stars to rate the user. This way other people will know who they can depend on in the long run – kinda like with friends.
But Why? Tell Me Why?
A lot of people might be wondering about the why of doing this. To quote The Joker: “If you’re good at something, never do it for free”. However, this would show you’re missing the idea of doing favours. If your friend asks you to help them out with their computer, would you ask them to pay for it?
The spirit of favours was put down pretty well by the Roman Publilius Syrus who said that “The person who receives the most favours is the one who knows how to return them“, because next time you need help with some DIY furniture torture, Jdoe655 might remember that you helped him with the cooking for his lawn party.
What do you think about swapaskill? Is it brilliant or ludicrous? Or perhaps you know of some alternatives to this service. Share it with us in the comments section below.