Recently an app called Field Agent was released which connects clients (people in need of information) with field agents (people who are positioned to retrieve it). A client posts a job to a site, for example “how much are my competitors charging for X service at Y store.” The client also posts the reward, typically between 2 and 8 dollars. A field agent (anyone who has downloaded the app) can then accept the job and will have a certain amount of time to deliver. On delivery they receive the reward, and feedback on their performance by way of a scoring system.
Missions could be anything: recording a street musician’s performance, taking a photo of a competitor’s billboard, seeing how the sushi bar across town presents their California Rolls, staking out your favorite celebrities’ favorite coffee shop so you can ‘bump’ into them, or getting your lunch delivered to you at the office. Any other ideas? Post to comments.
This is a great example of how social media can be used to network people who fulfill each others needs. I foresee this as being the first of many services that create profitable relationships between people who were previously strangers.