The communication takes place on two levels: a test function where you casually enter in your school and a verified function where you type your .edu address in order to get “Verified” as a bona fide college student.
“It’s a way for guys at Harvard to meet girls at Yale, etc. And it’s not intrusive. HowRandom has a very solid viral loop. It has the Facebook-like .edu exclusivity. And it’s extremely simple to use,” founder Jon Cook explains.
Cook and co-founder want HowRandom to mirror the randomness of life and “foster real-world meetings and interactions between two people that might otherwise never meet.” In case you don’t like who you’re chatting with, there’s also a next feature.
Cook plans to include user feedback in the future in order to develop the app.