Is there an App for that?
January 2, 2018 1:59 PM   Subscribe

In a nutshell - I want to leave trinkets in places and have people who happen to pick them up and keep them easily send me comments or pictures about how they like/use them (if they are so generous to do so). However, I am an old and know almost nothing about social media and only the bare minimum about facebook. Is there a social media platform that will let me do this? Preferably other than facebook, but if that's my only real option, ok. Instagram? Thanks!
posted by WinterSolstice to Technology (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I think Instagram would be perfect for this.

1) Take pictures of something, then hide the something
2) Give clues on your instagram account, along with a very specific tag (#WinterSolsticeHiddenGoodie or whatever)
3) Someone finds it
4) Takes a picture of it, tags it, posts it, rehides it, someone else finds it

Or something like this.
It sounds fun, and like the 2nd cousin of GeoCaching.
I'm sure someone else smarter on this website will have a better solution :)
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 2:10 PM on January 2, 2018 [5 favorites]

Do you want the messages from the trinket-finders to be visible to the whole internet, or just private messages to you? If private messages are okay, maybe you could attach a tag to the item with your email address (or, if you prefer, a separate email address that you create for this purpose).
posted by Pfardentrott at 2:13 PM on January 2, 2018

Bookcrossing is similar but it only deals in books.
posted by soelo at 2:16 PM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

Nathan Fillion does this using Instagram.
posted by thatone at 2:25 PM on January 2, 2018 [3 favorites]

Seems like making a QR code, containing the URL of your Instagram/Twitter/Etc, and attaching the code to the item you want them to respond to, and have more instructions in the 'comment/profile' of the webpage you're sending them to, would be the simplest. Most cameraphones will go right to a QR code URL automatically.
posted by AzraelBrown at 2:58 PM on January 2, 2018 [2 favorites]

Maybe you'd enjoy geocaching? wikipedia
posted by theora55 at 3:06 PM on January 2, 2018 [2 favorites]

Yes I would want the comments/pics to be public. Instagram and QR code seem like a super interesting idea!
posted by WinterSolstice at 3:06 PM on January 2, 2018

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