Let’s Play Hot Potato


I just read about the latest social media tool, Hot Potato, which was launched at the TechCrunch Crunchup recently, and  found it pretty interesting.  From an event perspective, it looks like a great way to capture the happenings of your event in the real world and bring them to the virtual one.

The service, which is accessed through the Hot Potato website, Facebook or a free Apple iPhone application, allows you to create a public or private chatroom.  You can create an event or join an already existing one, post pictures, notes, etc.  If you access through Facebook, it will populate a list of events happening which your friends are already participating in. 

The founder of Hot Potato, Justin Shaffer, says he is not competing with Twitter or Facebook.  “They are excellent solutions to personal monologues and sharing thoughts and links with your friends.  We want to facilitate collective storytelling, encouraging group discussions around events.”

And for Android and Blackberry users, Hot Potato hopes to launch versions of the service for you in late February.


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