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Feb 132011
 

Got items cluttering up the house or garage? Be a good neighbour and give them away.

I’ve signed up to Yoink and it looks fantastic. I really love the concept of Freecycle but its set-up was frustrating, in a big part to being run through Yahoo and being clunky. I really wanted to like it though. Yoink has a smooth and easy user-interface and I’m now hunting around to find something to give away. You can also find items listed in a particular area. It’s really impressive as an iPhone app utilising the GPS, camera and communicating with other members inside the app to organise collection and pick-up of items. There’s no need to worry about things such as postage as it’s for local pick-up only.

Yoink website and iPhone app
Yoink is built by an Australian bunch РBonobo. In 2010 Yoink ranked  number 16 in the Anthill SMART 100 which is designed to encourage, promote and support innovation in Australia.

What Yoink seems to be needing (well, in Brisbane anyway) is more users. I’ll let you know when I first give or receive something (while I’ve been playing round with it heaps I haven’t actually ‘yoinked’ yet).

Have you used Yoink or similar applications?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

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