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The Couch Surfing Project

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Sep 21, 2007 • References: couchsurfing and nytimes
Using a FaceBook-like model and a concept that goes beyond “your couch is my couch,” the Couch Surfing Project, at couchsurfing.com, encourages members, both guests and hosts, to use their couch time to develop a friendship and share a cultural experiences. It's like a house-swap, but on a smaller scale -- during your stay in the city, you get to sleep on a stranger's couch. In exchange, they'll sleep on yours when they come to your town. The phenomenon is catching on, with over 300,000 members already from over 31,000 places.