The idea of wishing into the Internet for something and having it magically appear in front of you isn’t necessarily new. Tech-savvy, couch-bound Allstonians who were ahead of the curve in 2000 may remember the promising (but short-lived) ambitions of Kozmo.com, and its intrepid fleet of pedaling couriers who vowed to deliver just about anything.
Alas, the world (with its crappy modems and flip phones) just wasn’t ready yet.
But the time for this idea has come, and Boston is particularly rich with online butlering options. There’s the fleet-footed megamerchants of Amazon Prime Now, who offer one-hour delivery of thousands of thingies; there’s Favor, whose runners will go fetch just about anything and bring it to your door; and locally, there’s HappySpeedy, which take orders as late at 3 a.m. (on Fridays and Saturdays).
And since Internet law dictates that we must have an “Uber of [everything],” there’s now Getmii, the decentralized wish-fulfillment service.
Operating as a location-tuned “need feed,” Getmii allows you to post and view various needs from people in your area. This could be anything from a desperate plea for fabric softener, to help moving a sectional up some stairs, to, if you believe the promo video, acquiring beer, friends, furniture, bandmates, and a rewarding social life. (OK, maybe just beer.) It’s an intriguing idea, even if you haven’t always depended on the kindness of strangers.Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.