This is an interesting site which basically allows a setup for a network of close friends, private groups, colleagues etc. so that they are able to share their prized collection of DVDs with one another. (So in that sense it is not opened to Public) It is an online or rather collective database, with secure login access hence you will have to signup for it first. It offers tracking, and even printing of pre-addressed wrappers of the addresses of your friends. Oh and membership is free! The only money you’d probably have to come out of your pockets are postage fees. What a novel way to beat the recession eh?
This service is currently in Beta-Testing stage and will probably be launched officially in a week or two so keep your eyes open and look out for it!
Unfortunately this service is currently only offered in the States (USA) so till/if they open it up to the rest of the world….or if some like minded individuals do decide to start a similar service here, do let me know! I’ll be the first to sign up.
More about this service is extracted from their About Page below…
What is it all about?
LendAround is a project to encourage us all to stop hoarding stuff we own, and start lending it to each other. This page tells you what it is,why we’re doing it, how it works, who created it, and the story behind it.
What is it?
LendAround is a free web tool that helps people to borrow things from their friends — starting with DVDs.
It lets you keep track of what you own, what you’ve borrowed, and who from.
You choose who you trust, and you choose what to list.
You’re in control all the time. If a friend asks to borrow something of yours, saying yes is always optional.
To learn more, take the tour.
Why do it?
It’s good to bring friends, neighbours, families and colleagues together.
The world is drowning in stuff. We can get more fun out of life without consuming more.
It makes sense at a time when people are worried about the economy.
How does it work?
Make quick lists of stuff you own, and stuff you’d like to borrow, starting with DVDs.
Name the friends and contacts you trust, and we send them email for you. Or invite friends using our Facebook app.
When your wish matches someone else’s stuff, we send them your request – automatically.
We even provide downloadable, preaddressed wrappers with your friend’s address on them.
Who created LendAround?
LendAround was created by Tim Jackson and David Heath, with a lot of help from our friends Richard Pope, Daniel Jackson, David Pearson, Leisa Reichelt, David O’Dwyer and Mark Boulton.
Tim Jackson, who had the idea, is a former journalist with the Economist and columnist for the Financial Times, who founded a web companyin 1997 that had an IPO in 1999 and was sold in 2007. He also helped to run a venture capital fund created by one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Nowadays, he stays at home, writes a bit, and helps to run a small charitable foundation.
David Heath, who designed the LendAround architecture and wrote the code, is one of the few software engineers who combines a first-class degree from Cambridge, a talent for dancing and for singing in Brazilian Portuguese, and the ability to milk a goat. He also has a track record of innovative software engineering at an international range of not-for-profits including LeapLocal and OneWorld.net.
Leisa Reichelt, who tried out the alpha version of our site on some carefully chosen sample users, is a specialist in user testing and usability research. One of the inspirations behind the Silverback app for the Mac, she’s more recently become renowned for her UI work on Drupal.
David O’Dowd is a talented syadmin who specializes in high-availability web services, Linux systems architecture and internet technologies. He helped ease our journey to Amazon’s EC2 platform, and is an owner of the T4 Partnership.
The idea for the project came about when Tim returned home to London after visiting a network of community groups helping vulnerable children in Africa. Looking around his home, Tim noticed how much stuff we all seem to have that doesn’t get used very much — at a time when there are a billion people in the world who have not very much at all, and when it would be good to use a bit less of the earth’s resources.
I remember doing a similar post on a tracking service for bills which could also be used for loaning stuff out I believe…. Billmonk.com
Perhaps this is way better for DVDs!…