On today’s Morning Media Menu (MP3 link), Galley Cat editor Jason Boog discussed ways to keep it simple with a site that lets you rent out your car to your neighbors, a new tool for sifting through the variety of apps on Facebook, and an old Walmart that’s been converted into a library.
RelayRides is making the rounds in the blogosphere for connecting drivers with cars for rent in their area. The spin is that these cars aren’t from a rental company: they belong to regular people who don’t drive them every day and want to make a little extra cash. We talked about the car culture in California and how that translates in other states where people rely more on public transportation.
We also considered the time-saving potential of AppHero, a recommendation engine for Facebook apps that just raised $1.8 million to expand its service. The app space could use a hero. As Boog pointed out in the podcast, keyword searches aren’t very helpful in picking an app.
Finally, someone has figured out what to do with all those brick-and-mortar stores that are closing their doors thanks to Internet retail sites. MS&R Architecture in McAllen, Texas has designed a public library to occupy an abandoned Walmart. The discount retailer is all about keeping its customers comfortable with in-store fast food chains and free RV parking — we’re sure Walmart would approve of this one.