(Photo courtesy of Flickr user, anirudhkoul – creative commons)
On one of my runs this weekend, I came across a large gathering of people at a street festival. I had no idea what was going on until I got home and looked it up. I’ve also stumbled upon outdoor movies and outdoor concerts. In some cases, these events have Facebook pages with lots of people attending but in others, they don’t. And even if they did, how would you have discovered it in the first place?
Here’s what I’m looking for and maybe it exists (or maybe it doesn’t)…
A) A mobile app that tells me, in real-time, via heatmap or a ranked list, the nearby events that the most people are attending using a major service’s api to show attendance numbers or a bunch of them. I should be able to filter by free or ticketed events or maybe even rank by price.
B) A website (and maybe a mobile app) that tells me what the most popular nearby events are that people are planning to attend.
The current solutions that I have found either have a lot of holes or still have too small a user base to get this kind of value. There are so many event-based websites out there offering APIs, it is surprising that this doesn’t exist (or I haven’t found it yet). How has Google not jumped on this given what they are doing with reviews?
Popular Event/Check-in Websites/Services:
Untappd (for you beer geeks out there)
…and probably a bunch of others…
Local websites/blogs like Patch
Local newspaper sites