Uniiverse is a community of users that offer or need services. The website helps users locate the people, items or services they need in their local community. Individuals can set up a new business offering a service through Uniiverse. Others can browse services to find good deals, more options or a unique service that might be difficult to locate otherwise. Services vary from item sharing and space saving to specialized skills offered by people. Users can also find activities, such as sports, dining opportunities, social events and learning opportunities. The user can begin by searching a specific location by time and maximum distance. Uniiverse provides a list view, which shows each listing with highlights, as well as a map view that pin points the service or opportunity on a Google Map.
Uniiverse was founded in April of 2011. The website was created to give users a way to find others in their local area. A strong emphasis was placed on making connections and combating the isolation many individuals feel due to technology and information overload. The application isn’t widely popular, but maintains an active community that covers many locations. Users in less populated areas may have some trouble finding others on Uniiverse.
Uniiverse uses a concept that isn’t entirely new. There are many websites that let users list their services, items or spaces for rent or purchase. Uniiverse takes that concept and adds a social twist to it. The website focuses on helping users make connections in their local area while saving time and money by avoiding over consumption. The user can find unique opportunities to rent items or obtain services that might otherwise by difficult to find by themselves.
Uniiverse has a friendly design, which complements the site’s primarily goals. User will find a pleasant blue and green color scheme highlighted by gentle textures found in the header and background. The site manages to look attractive without adding too much clutter or any distractions to the user experience. Each listing provides all the information a user could need without going overboard. The Uniiverse interface sets the stage for a positive experience.
A new user can join the Uniiverse community by clicking the pink “Sign Up” button found in the upper, right hand corner of each page. A similar button is also available along the left side of the homepage. A pop up box appears with a blue “Connect with Facebook” button at the center. The user must login to their Facebook account and give Uniiverse access to their profile. Users who do not use Facebook can click the “Don’t Use Facebook?” link below the button to access login buttons for Google and Twitter. Another link below the Google and Twitter buttons is available for users who want to use traditional email sign up. The user must provide a first and last name, email address and password to sign up with email.
Uniiverse doesn’t charge a fee for its services. This is definitely a good thing because asking users to pay money to list or browse services would only shrink the growing community. The application offers a valuable service to users living in areas that are well covered by the Uniiverse community, however it doesn’t provide anything that would convince most individuals to fork out cash.
Uniiverse is ideal for users living in areas that are well-covered by the website’s community. Users can find unique opportunities to rent items, make purchases, buy services and participate in events. The website helps users find just what they need in their local area without overbuying or overpaying. It is also an opportunity for users to make connections with the neighbors they didn’t even know they had.