Peuplade — Le premier site de Quartier

Interesting neighborhood social networking project from Paris, France: Peuplade

Un site de quartier, pour quoi faire ?

  • Pour redécouvrir son quartier
    Restaurants, ballades, cafés, coins secrets,…
  • Pour échanger biens, services ou coups de main à proximité de chez soi
    Petites annonces, plantes à arroser, chats à nourrir, dépannages, gardes improvisées, courses,…
  • Pour participer aux apéros, sorties et dîners
    Rendez-vous minute au café du coin, pétanques, pots de bienvenue, plans « restau », dîners chez les uns et les autres…
  • Pour participer à des projets de quartier
    Maison de quartier, gazette, court-métrage, groupe solidarité, voyages collectifs, concerts privés,…

Peuplade est en somme un cousin des blogs de quartier, des apéros et repas entre voisins, des maisons des associations, des réseaux d’échange de savoir,…

BBC News reports: Parisian neighbours meet online

Just as most Parisians are too cool to visit the Eiffel Tower, most of us ignore the possibilities for friendships immediately outside our front door.

French social networking website Peuplade aims to bridge that small but often insurmountable gap by putting neighbours in touch with each other. It also wants you to meet people different from your usual crowd.

“In life today we get to meet people in a very specific situation and social background. You meet people from your school, from your family or from your work,” said Jérémie Chouraqui, a lawyer and one of the founders of Peuplade.

“With Peuplade you will meet people that you will usually not get to meet in cities: people with different ages and social backgrounds, but they all live in the same neighbourhood.”

The site is effectively a neighbourhood notice-board which started life in Paris’s 17th arrondisement and is now spreading to the rest of the city.

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Peuplade aims to change the way we make friends and the sort of people we make friends with - when you sign up you leave your prejudices at the door.

“We have a profile page in which we ask you a series of questions. We don’t ask your age, sex or job because that can lead to discrimination. We encourage you to leave a photo or image that moves you, rather than a photo of yourself,” said Stephane Legouffe, a sociologist and one of the co-ordinators of the site.

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Founder Nathan Stern said: “The idea from the start was to create links between people who shouldn’t really meet, who don’t really have an affinity, who aren’t part of the same group or network.

“How do we do that? We go beyond group status and membership and create accidents, chaos. And when you come to these Apero de quartier for a while you develop a familiarity among people who you previously not think of belonging to your world.”

Rules of engagement

Apparently there is a science to this sort of social engineering.

One rule is that breaking the ice is often easier on the net. Another is if you are hosting a party of people who have never met, choose a tiny venue.

It seems elbow-to-elbow people are forced to get along.

Alors, je m’inscris…

One Response to “Peuplade — Le premier site de Quartier”

  1. bonel Says:

    quels sont les bistrots sympathiques accueillants pas trop bruyants (musique) a prix corrects (cafe 1.50 ça permet d’en prendre plusieurs,) où on peut fumer et où on pourra continuer de fumer ,loù la terrasse n’est pas surchauffée où il y a des journaux ?

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