Google has a new social networking app, but it is no Facebook competitor
Fresh on the heels of the Google+ shutdown in April, the company is at it again with another idea for a social networking app. This time around, however, on a smaller scale.
The new endeavor is called Shoelace and comes from Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120. Shoelace is a hyperlocal app for organizing events and activities, called "Loops", which makes it similar to Facebook Events. It is currently being tested exclusively in New York, but if it proves successful, a wider roll-out could be in the cards.
As Android Police points out, Shoelace is rather similar to a previous Google attempt at an event organizer called Schemer. It launched in 2011 and was discontinued in 2014.
Unlike Facebook and Google+, Shoelace is aimed at organizing and managing local events and finding new people who may be interested in them. In this sense, it is a bit like Tinder, in that it tries to match you with people with similar interests, and help you organize events around those interests.
Shoelace is currently invite-only and is being tested in NYC. There is no web version, while the app is available on Android 8.0 and up, and iOS 11 and up.