We are attempting to use AirBnB to get a place for our upcoming trip to Austin, TX. The concept is great. It’s a website where you can list a spare couch that someone can rent for a day or a mansion that someone can rent for extended periods of time.
The actual site works pretty well. They have kept it fairly simple, but some things lack a high level of intuitiveness. It was a little bit confusing to get recommendations from friends. We did it, but it could have been more clear.
It offers you to link with your facebook account in order to increase transparency so that you can build trust. I did that, but see no benefit. I want these folks to be able to see that I have like a jillion friends that love and trust me. But they don’t even see my last name.
We requested a ‘wee cottage’ from a ‘traveling musician’ but didn’t hear back. Now we are upgrading to a ‘bohemian artist’s’ situation on just about the same block.
One strong aspect of the site is the implementation with Google Maps. The rental owner posts pics of the interior with a little spiel and the site loads a street view of the place.
Check it out if you haven’t already.
Rating: (Although I will boost that if it turns out well.)