I went to the Romio Summer Kick-off meetup last night. Their sixth floor terrace on 23rd Street gave me a great vantage for the Met Life Clock. I met Cathryn Swan of the Washington Square Park Blog and Rob Hollander of the Save the Lower East Side Blog. We were feted by the young and energetic Romio crew with beer, wine and artisanal cheeses. They don’t seem evil. Romio is interconnected hyperlocal Facebook networking, which is for sure some sort of possibly necessary evil. But what may make this social networking effort different than most is that Romio is making an active effort of face-to-face outreach to people in the neighborhoods. Romio is also a Tumblr blog, which doesn’t require a Facebook login. Advertising is hoped for from real estate, bars, restaurants etc. The main focus of Romio at the moment is in NYC, but they have outposts around the country.
Update, 7/6/12 photos of the meetup: romioblog.tumblr.com