A new dawn of social media??

What if I told you that there was a way to meet new people, get a great meal at a discount and all thanks to social media?

A new tool has just put the social back into social media. I came across this great new tool called Grubwithus, very smart name, a Chicago based start-up.

Grubwithus essentially helps brings strangers together to have a meal. You essentially go to the site, select the city you are in, browse through a list of dinners in their cities and buy tickets, usually for around $25. Before the event, you can share some information about yourself, just to know who you will be meeting. The NYT just wrote an article about it, and it sure sounds like a winning idea. Its been a while since I used a Charlie Sheen reference. The article rightly points out that as great as it is to share your life with your friends online and your professional pursuits on social media sites, we all crave face to face time.

I also like the way they have established a relationship with restaurants, allowing them to control their customer flows and ensure they are booked on evenings when business may be slow. It’s also a great new networking/meeting tool if you are new to a city and want to meet new people.

So at this point, I have just built a profile on the site. I might just go for one of dinners soon, and will report back on my experiences. What do you think, is this the dawn of social media and likely to see many more entrants in the market or just a one-off thing?