BBC News: Sharing apps are booming but will the kindness continue?

Other apps, such as and Nextdoor, have also registered a surge in altruistic behaviour during the pandemic.

“We went from maybe 60,000 posts a day to 120,000 posts a day overnight… it was amazing,” says Deron Beal, founder of, a website that allows people to offer unwanted possessions to others for free online.

The site was flooded with so much activity that Mr Beal’s team had to activate additional servers to cope with demand, he adds.

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