Yonder Is Pinterest For Outdoor Junkies [Daily Freebie]


Pinning, posting or tweeting one’s way through a wilderness adventure always seemed a little antithetical to me; isn’t one of the reasons for going out into nature to get away from all this artificial electronic junk anyway? Yes, of course, I too am guilty of the odd flirt with Facebook from the bush — but I always feel so dirty afterward.

Yonder, a free app that creates a social circle for outdoor enthusiasts, won’t change how I feel about Tweeting from the trail — but at least it might push me closer to an equilibrium by turning the tables by inspiring me to get out there (boy, are those pictures gorgeous), and putting the outdoors in my social media instead of the other way around.

Pretty much any outdoor activity gets a nod in Yonder: well-trodden categories like biking, backpacking and trail running are represented, but so are birding, hunting and surfing. Pick any or all of the categories to post to or peruse — the activities you’re not interested in get filtered out. There’s even an outdoor photography category with some really stunning images.

The app uses social media staples like following, comments, likes and maps showing where the geotagged images were taken; but outdoor-friendly tools have been added, like a button for directions to a photo’s location.

It still feels a little empty, and the interface could use a little work to make it friendlier. But it’s a great idea, and it really makes me want to finish this post and get out there.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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