The users can create and join events from a predefined list of groups. The list is regulated by the moderators / landlords to avoid repetition and keep the group formation in check. Some examples of groups are : Exercise, Movies, Concerts, Sports etc.
Out of state students that move to university towns often don't know much about the community they will be moving to. The transitory nature of their stay doesn’t motivate them to communicate with the residents and the residents have seen so many students come and go that they also don’t share concern.
Shire provides key features: Groups, Share, and Forum. Each of these address concerns of not knowing anyone, needing help, and not knowing about the city. Especially for students who recently moved in from out of state, and are living off-campus.
The residents can put up advertisements for anything excess they have for purchase or rent. This could be an object like a garage sale or a service like car pooling. The cost is predetermined by the user to avoid negotiations later.
The residents can ask questions about the area or drop in suggestions for other users regarding the area. This may include references to regional services like medical stores, sports complex, or retail shops. Also, the posts from users those who have left the community and been removed from the service will remain in the system as anonymous posts. This allows new users to gain from past experience of others.
With a diverse pool of information the algorithm does the heavy lifting for the user to filter out events which might be relevant to them. If the user does not want to get the filtered data, they can scroll to the “All” events section to get a list of all the events occurring in the area.