Location-based DormChat App Spurs Mobile Communication

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DormChat, an app that allows college students to communicate based on location, has joined the ranks of mobile messaging apps on iPhones and now Androids. The app sets itself apart from its competition such as YikYak with more options and greater flexibility.

The main difference with Dormchat is that is allows users to decide if they want to be anonymous or show their identity. As the name suggests, DormChat is targeted to college students. In order to sign up one must use a school e-mail address and users can chat with each other as long as they are in a 3-mile radius, reports Anthony Ha for TechCrunch.

The app allows users to create chat rooms based on locations like specific dorm buildings or interests. Everyone within 3 miles can view any of the rooms or choose to view all activity in a giant feed, write Justin Diaz for Andriod Headlines.

The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat has now released “the whole damn product,” including a spiffed-up version for iOS and its first app for Android.

The app also recently received funding from ff Ventures Capital in New York for an undisclosed amount, reports Josh Robert Nay for TruTower.

Michalski says that the app is filling the need people have to connect and communicate with their local communities. He continues that  since that need is part of our human nature and we now have the ability to create a solution its only a matter of time before the best solution rises to the top, reports Ronal Barbra for National Edition.

The app also fulfills people’s desire to remain anonymous. This seems to be a trend as of late with apps like YikYak and Whisper doing well, and the creator hopes that the app will go beyond college campuses.

This kind of location-based conversation could be relevant to everyone, he argued. Imagine, for example, that you found a tagless dog walking around your neighborhood’s — you’re probably not Facebook friends with everyone in the area, and knocking on everyone’s door might not be effective or even feasible. So what if you could post a message to what Michalski envisions as the “open forum that’s just for your local area”?