When I have an issue with my mobile phone, computer gear or household appliances, I go online looking for others who have the same equipment and similar problems. They often provide a quick solution and save me a call to the manufacturer or repair shop. But it’s not always easy to find a discussion forum where I can connect with those experienced users.
That challenge could get a lot easier if a new idea called Gospik takes off. Launched by Nevada-based Youppl Inc., Gospik is a browser extension that creates an instant discussion forum and social network based on the topic that you searched using Google’s search service.
After I installed the Gospik extension for Chrome - a fast and painless process - that column turned into mini-forum devoted to my search topic. The Gospik block displays comments that other Gospik users have posted and a text window to enter my comment comment or question.
Because Gospik is very new, there are not a lot of comments posted. But I was surprised how quickly a conversation got rolling after I asked for opinions about the new Apple TV. And Gospik displays a list of five trending topics if you want to see what people are saying and add your two cents. Obama and Donald Trump were among the top five when I tested Gospik.
The folks at Youppl think Gospik will give ordinary people a platform to share their opinions and ideas with an almost unlimited audience. Right now, only the people who follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram see what I have to say. With Gospik, I could broadcast to the who universe of Google users. At least the ones who install the plugin.
To try the the extension or to just get a closer look at the plugin, visit the Gospik website and @gospikapp on Twitter.