– A Neighbor In Need Is A Neighbor Indeed

Human is a social animal but, now a days it is reflected only through social networking sites. It’s a common to see people not knowing or interacting with their neighbors unless and until there is an utter need.


CommonFloor.comRecently Bangalore based startup, maxHeap has launched which provides a platform for people living in residential apartments to engage and share information, knowledge and resources needed in daily life. brings your neighbors on a common floor where you can communicate, collaborate, borrow, buy & sell things and provide local services too. Take a tour of


Trying my hand to register on the site, I noticed that the list is limited to very few (mostly high profile) apartments in Bangalore. Further in the attempt to register, I got this error message:-


Fatal error: Class ‘Zend_Mail_Transport_Smtp’ not found in /home/webadmin/apps/aiscripts/helpers/RegisterHelper.php on line 66


But, people registered on existing social networking sites are already communicating and engaging themselves on those platforms e.g. discussions on orkut communities

orkut community interaction


and Neighborhood application on Facebook.


Neighborhood Facebook application


Since, is OpenSocial compliant, soon we can figure it as orkut application and widgets.


So,’s success depends on tie-ups with other services like for providing household needs, integrating Paypal and bank accounts with it and enforcing it as an official service to pay apartment bills .etc.


Thanks to Lalit Mangal, for notifying us about the site.

Updated- Feb 16, 2008:
The error mentioned above was a temporary glitch. It has been rectified and users can continue with the registration – Developer

3 Responses to “ – A Neighbor In Need Is A Neighbor Indeed”

  1. Developer@commonFloor
    February 15, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    Hey Rupesh,

    The error is fixed. I would appreciate if you can update your post.

    Thanks a lot.

  2. chris
    February 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    @ Rupesh- This was on the cards. But my only question is “Is this the only way left for us to socialize with other people living in the same apartment??”
    Not sure, but a nice try by commonFloor architects. Good thinking.
    For myself, i would be more happy if i can call someone (or if someone calls me) for a cup of coffee and talk endlessly.
    The word is “adda” is slowly getting a new definition (Hell!! The word is not even listed :-))

  3. Rupesh Mandal
    February 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    I agree with you.. and even I’ve shown my concerns towards this… Also, have said that CommonFloor’s success will be dependent on other tie-ups… and how innovative Web 2.0 approach they follow.
    On a lighter note, just think upon the situation… when you’re out of sugar while making a cup of tea… and you put a notice on such social n/w sites instead of borrowing a bowl of sugar from the “pados wali aunty..“!! ;-)

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