★ Sosh – how to do cool things in (certain) big cities.

Have you heard of Sosh yet?

It’s an answer to the questions, “What should we do this weekend?” or “Where should we meet tonight?”

It’s a hip version of Yelp.

It’s a handpicked mix of things to do, see, eat, drink and experience.

I’m loving it.

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On Sosh today, I learned where to eat a 3-course meal in doughnuts, participate in a Grease sing-along, and find a place that stocks 800 varieties of soda. Cool, right? You can also find a great restaurant, learn about live music, or search for a new fitness class.

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So far, Sosh is only in San Francisco, New York, and Seattle (Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles are in the works).

The exciting thing about Sosh (to me, at least) is that it displays activities that I would never find on Yelp or with a simple Google search. Instead, I find things that I might learn about if I asked an in-the-know friend for recommendations.

You can search by neighborhood, type of activity, date, or “popularity.” When you join Sosh, you join through Facebook, and you provide details about what types of things you like to do, and what neighborhoods you like to hang out in. Then you bookmark a few events you’d like to attend or activities you’d like to do on the website.

The Sosh app takes all of this data and compares it to its database of what’s going on in the city. I think they even blend in Twitter trends. The result is that you get a bunch of personalized recommendations. The goal is NOT to provide a comprehensive guide (like Yelp), but to give personal, relevant results.

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I like that Sosh is entirely venture capital-backed, meaning that they currently receive nothing in return for their listings. Right now, their focus is on connecting local businesses with interested consumers. At some point, it seems logical that Sosh would get a cut of the action, but for right now, it’s all about the premium connection, the cool hookup.

I’m in.

You?

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Comments

  1. Probably a good thing for SF the most overhyped and expensive city I go to. Sites are mediocre, everything is expensive. Good way to find something new and extract some value out of this city.

  2. I love how you are obsessed with finding the so called “cool” thing to do in any place you visit. Its almost like you have to be told what is cool. Why not figure out what sort of things you find interesting and then do a search for that sort of stuff rather than relying on someone else to tell you what is cool.

    Anything that is truly interesting and only known to the locals will not show up on this site until its already gone mainstream and been overrun by a bunch of gawking tourists and people who want to be part of the “cool crowd.” This site is always going to be one step behind. By the time a place shows up on this site the true insiders will have already moved on.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Jared – I’m a little baffled by your analysis of this site, as you are completely missing the point of the way it works.

      Have you actually used it, or do you just want to get in your daily digs at me? 😉

      I’m just so uncool…

    • If Pixie wasn’t obsessed about what she loves, this site wouldn’t be so awesome to read. She’s turned me on to so many things in my own city and across the world, and I can’t get enough of her stories. If I stop learning or being entertained, I’m going to spend my time reading something else. Maybe that’s something you ought to consider. You’ve got way too much cred to hang out with us anyway.

  3. I love this concept! There’s so much going on in SF, would be fun to find something a lil different. I’m always looking for fun stuff do do w the nieces & nephews, will check it out.

    cool find, thanks!

    p.s.Jared’s just mad that HE’S not a cool cat but rather a grumpy aging troll.

  4. How cool can it be with no android app? 😉

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