VAUGHN DAVIS: TLDL - "Odd jobs, fake news and those whacky Swedes"


Vaughn Davis - TLDL 29th May 2017

"Odd jobs, fake news and those whacky Swedes"

We’ve all been there. You need something done – anything from babysitting to gardening – but can you find someone you trust to do it when you need it? While our parents would have thumbed through the Yellow Pages and given Aardvark Plumbing a call, these days Google is usually our first resort. But that can be a bit hit and miss, and it’s hard to know whether you’re getting a good deal.

Enter New Zealand peer to peer site Entisy. Entisy connects people needing stuff done (customers) with people willing and able to do stuff (jobbers). The model is straightforward: list your job on the platform along with a rough budget, then review the quotes as they roll in. You also get to see the ratings jobbers have received from other customers. When you’ve chosen one, you pay the agreed fee into Entisy’s trust account, and when the job is complete the jobber gets paid (less Entisy’s fee).

Entisy is live now, so if you have something that needs doing (or want to earn a bit of cash) give it a go and tell me how you get on.

Listen to my chat with Entisy founder AJ Smith here.

Learn to spot fake news

One of the big risks when you step away from trusted professional news sources such as this very website is that the story you’re reading might not be entirely true. It can be hard to tell the difference sometimes though, and most of us have shared or at least commented on a story that’s turned out to be rubbish.

My site of the week Factitious sets out to change that. It makes a game of telling fake stories from real ones by presenting a series of news stories from the internet and asking you to choose which are real. Once you make your choice it tells you what the clues were that could have made you choice easier. It’s good fun, and you come out a little less likely to be sucked in by the next “true enough to believe” viral news sensation.

Sweden lists the entire country on Air BNB

What is it with those whacky Swedes? Last year the Swedish Tourism folks let anyone in the world ring a random Swede via The Swedish Number. This year, they’ve tapped into the popularity of accommodation site Air BNB by listing the entire country on the platform.

There’s a point to all this… unlike New Zealand, where we seem obsessed with telling people where not to camp (and poop), Sweden has a “freedom to roam” law that effectively does make the whole country a place to stay. Take a look at the promo video… it’s pretty cute.