Did these two students just invent the next Facebook?
If somebody was all, “Hey, look me up on Friendsy!” you’d probably do a double-take about now, but it will be an entirely different story in the next year if this cool new app gets off the ground. Two Princeton students launched an app called “Friendsy” that might very well be the next Facebook, considering the success it has already seen on their campus and beyond. Michael Pinsky and Vaidhy Murti, two 21-year-old students, recently launched the social networking app to the public in March, and it basically looks like every college student’s dream.
The pair have actually had the app in the works for about two years, when they first met watching a Yankees game in a dorm hall. They made fast friends, and eventual roommates and business partners.
“We realized more often than not, things don’t happen this way on college campuses,” said Murti in a statement to NJ.com. “Unless someone takes the initiative, these random connections happen on the wayside.”
It was then that the inspiration for “Friendsy” was first born: An app that shares similar features with both Facebook and Tinder, but is meant entirely and exclusively for college students. The free app helps college students stay in touch with their friends and make new connections with other students on campus they might never have otherwise met. Pinsky and Murti also strived to keep intentions on the app as upfront as possible to avoid any miscommunication between users.
“With Friendsy, you can make your intentions very clear, whether you want to be friends, whether you want to go on a date, whether you just want to participate in the hook-up culture,” said Murti, “but it requires both people commit to it.”
They currently have a team of ten students in place to moderate user activity, particularly in the “anonymous compliment” feature, which promotes positivity among users. As a gateway to protect college students from other users infiltrating the app, it requires a current .edu address to sign up, and already the app has attracted more than 65,000 users to date.
The entrepreneurial students behind the app both graduate this coming May, but neither has any plans to stop developing the app, which may soon be seeing some major profits if it follows in the admittedly large footprints of its older sibling, Facebook. The way this app has started gaining popularity, nobody would be too surprised — so maybe clear up some data if you’re headed up to college this fall, because this seems like a really positive and fun way to meet cool human friends.
(Image from here.)