Recently, a unique idea came across my virtual desktop. Lending and borrowing between friends, family, and neighbors is as old as the concepts of villages, towns, and neighbors, I guess. The arguments and feuds that go along with it are too. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble had numerous hilarious blowouts that usually involved the taking back of all things borrowed as they yelled across the fence at each other. It is funny in the cartoons, but real life is a different story. The creators of Lobster Network might have just the thing for the real-life versions of Fred and Barney.

Lobster Network created by Optimized Consulting, Inc. can be used for many purposes. You might just simply use it as an offsite inventory database for your stuff. If you choose, you can advertise to friends, family, or even public members to lend, trade, or sell. You can also browse for things you want to borrow, trade, or buy. Regardless of your use, you control who sees your items. First off, you can register for a free account. You can list as many items as you wish and even include image files for your items up to 4 MB in size. To share your items, you can set up private or public communities. In private communities, you invite whomever you wish. In public communities, other members of the network can join your group for more items to search and browse. There is also a marketplace you can choose to advertise in that allows even non-members of the general public to browse. As part of privacy and security, the owners of the site only collect your email address and city in which you live. The less information on file about you personally, the less there is for someone to steal. That is a plus right there.

The site is easy to use and navigate for sighted individuals. The format is simple and non-distracting. The steps are easy to follow from registering to listing items to setting up public and private communities. There is also a FAQ page you can check before you register if you have questions. If your question isn’t there, you can easily submit your question for additional help.

For more information, go to http://www.lobsternetwork.com. This is a truly unique idea that even Fred and Barney might like. If you like the site, pass it on. The community will get better and better as more people find out about this networking utility.

I was given free access to the site. I was not compensated in any other way. The opinion expressed here is entirely my own.

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