Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.
Asknative, the app that gets locals to answer your travel questions, has been given a mammoth makeover that makes it more of a social network for travelers rather than a Q&A service.
Before, to use Asknative you would simply sign-in with your Twitter credentials, and ask any questions you wanted based on the geographic and topic filters you stipulated. If you weren’t looking for answers, you could instead answers questions posed by other users. In its new guise, Asknative is more about sharing moments, making friends, and discovering the world.
How it looks
In addition to its new flatter iOS 7-focused look and feel, the app now lets you ‘accept’ helpful answers, which gives feedback to locals and other travelers on what was useful. There’s also a new ‘discover’ feature, for finding new places, cities, top ambassadors, and the latest local recommendations from a specific conurbation.
You can also have private chats, see who has ‘liked’ your posts, personalize your profile with cover photos and status updates, and tailor your feed based on the cities and people you follow.
Throw into the mix fresh social features such as hashtags, @mentions and reposts, not to mention enhanced language support to translate posts to your preferred tongue, then it’s clear that Asknative has become a compelling proposition in the social-travel space.
That said, others have tried to gain traction in this space, including Local Uncle, Ask a Nomad, and others, but Asknative is evolving as a platform as we’ve seen with this latest update, and there’s a Web app launching within weeks, and an Android incarnation on the cards for some time in the future.
Disclosure: This article contains an affiliate link. While we only ever write about products we think deserve to be on the pages of our site, The Next Web may earn a small commission if you click through and buy the product in question. For more information, please see our Terms of Service.
Get the TNW newsletter
Get the most important tech news in your inbox each week.