Whether Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ll eventually come across a #lowbattery or #openoutlet. At the moment, these are merely comments on a situation, even dire ones–last glimmers of social activity before the smartphone gets stupid.
OpenOutlet.org, and yours truly, seek to solve this problem until the low battery becomes a thing of the past thanks to battery technology. In the mean time, the gap between having a low battery phone and finding a place to charge it (#openoutlet and #usbcable) is our mission. To bring you there, we have developed a crowd tagging app to allow you to add an #openoutlet to our map. Whether at your departure gate at the airport or sitting in an English class on Campus, tag that #openoutlet. We use FourSquare to help you identify #openoutlets at coffee shops and most public places. There’s the ability to snap a picture and write up a simple text description in case finding the #openoutlet is harder than just being there. And there are a ton of more features planned.
What we need most of all, right now, are dedicated users. Perhaps that’s you?
In case you’re wondering why the app isn’t in the store yet, it’s because it’s being tested. That’s where you #earlyadopters come in handy. Whether you’re geeky and/or just want to help, we WANT you badly. The more, the merrier, and the more tagged #openoutlets. As you can imagine, asking the operations desk of a major airport for their floor plans that might identify #openoutlets is suspicious.
Now, if you see someone post #lowbattery send them our way to #openoutlet for a chance to survive and succeed. No matter how you found yourself with #lowbattery we’re understanding (just like mom) and there’s likely a safe haven for you and your phone to get the boost you need.