Kolumbus: Norway’s Social Bus Network
Norwegian transit company takes on QR Codes to create a social network.
Kolumbus, a Norwegian transit company has set about to create a more efficient and sociable mass transit experience through their adoption of QR code technology. At each bus stop, as well as on the printed schedules, there will be codes passengers can scan while waiting for their bus to arrive. The scannable barcodes will not only link passengers to more timely mass transit info and departure times, but will also provide a way for them to share info with each other.
With the help of the site Tale of Things, Kolumbus will create a location based social network that is similar to applications like Foursquare but that focuses on the already social nature of public transportation. Tale of Things explores the possibility of attaching a QR code to anything and then creating connections and stories between those objects through what they call “video memories”.