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ISU helping launch new social media app

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:09:34 CDT
By: Rachel Darling

ISU helping launch new social media app Evzdrop is a new social media application coming to Illinois State University and five other campuses in Illinois. Evzdrop co-founder David Rush says the app allows users to focus on something other than people.

   

"The most relevant connection point we saw as an opportunity was place. Whatever that place might be where two people both had a specific interest in it."

The application's primary goal is to link like-minded individuals by shared experience. The app allows users to post "drops" of information about a place, rather than a person in real-time, using location-based technology.

Evzdrop has other uses. It can provide campus businesses valuable feedback, and could help alumni and prospective students keep up with events on campus in real-time. Evzdrop can also contribute to campus safety by allowing users to share time-stamped, location-based information, that could be a valuable resource to campus safety officals. In an era of cyber-bullying and identity theft, Rush says Evzdrop has safeguards in place to mitigate potential misuse that could harm students and other users. The app allows users to post anonymously and the app collects information only after users begin dropping information.

Rush says the app works with other social media students already use, such as Facebook and Twitter.

   

"Absolutely complement them. So today we allow users to post their drop or tweet their drop to Facebook or Twitter directly from the drop screen."

Evzdrop is now available for iPhone with an Android-friendly version due soon.
   

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