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Voluntary stock sharing groups

People spontaneously share information about food and daily necessities stock near them in social media groups

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When we were quarantined at home, we had various online channels to learn about the virus raging, but there were few ways to know the stock of food and supplements around us. Sometimes when you go to a supermarket to buy a specific thing or buy some high demands items, you can only go to the markets to see by yourself, this is really annoying in this special time, and it is very risky. Since there have several resources sharing groups held in social media spontaneously, eg. in WeChat, Facebook groups. Everyone in the group sharing the stock information when they go to the markets, and the host of the group gathering all the information in a Google doc and sharing to everyone in the group. This real-time sharing data is very helpful for people in a certain area, it is efficiency, correctly and helpful.

Upload or share a link to this resource/message/source of information to share it with others.

This is the resources sharing doc in the group

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

I can go directly to the supermarket with the items I need, save time and less risky. Also, I sharing the stock information when I see in stores in the group chat to help others.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I sharing the stock information links to my friends and anyone who needs to know the stock, I also posted the information in my other social media to help others.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • SMS Alerts

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

Update of medical information, information from authorities

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

The older people, they can quickly turn on the TV to know what BBC says, but they can rarely know how is stock information, community news, those small but essential daily news around them. A real-time update, local news app which has older people user-friendly version would be more accessible for them to use. Clear filter and simple operator interface, get to know what the information that young people are sharing. 

What is your current profession?

UX Designer

In what city are you located?

Sunnyvale, CA

In what country are you located?

United States


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