HowRandom, a site for college students, makes its debut today. The main characteristic of the site is that it gives the possibility to chat anonymously with people from other schools, with no need for photos, file sharing or video. All one needs is a text entry line and a chat widget.
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.