Chicago, Illinois – Winkage, a new iPhone and Android app, offers a unique way to chat with groups, post public pics and meet new people within the same venue, or just about anywhere people gather.
Users check-in with Winkage when they arrive at a location (similar to checking-in with Foursquare), which lets them interact within a Twitter-like discussion board called the “ChatterBox” with other Winkage users who are similarly checked-in. They can also send a personal “Wink” at anytime to anyone of the other people. If their wink is accepted, they start a private one-on-one chat. If the chat goes well, the users can eventually find each other or exchange contact info. If it doesn’t, they can hit the “Eject” button.
Unlike other social media, Winkage doesn’t leave a digital trail. “At 5 a.m. our entire server is wiped clean,” said David DeGrazia, who with Bryant Gourdie co-founded the Chicago company. “It’s complete fun without fallout.”
Like any new social media, Winkage faces the challenge of getting enough users to make the experience work. Since launching late last month, Winkage has signed up users at Lollapalooza and other midwest festivals, but Mr. DeGrazia says the company’s main focus for now is promoting Winkage on college campuses. He says Winkage works better than Facebook and Twitter for making instant social connections throughout a dorm, a bar, a concert hall or even a stadium. “A lot of college kids don’t want to put their information out where their grandma, professor or future employer can see it,” he said. While Mr. Gourdie added, “I think the fact that there’s no history makes Winksters (Winkage users) more brave with their posts, and less timid when breaking-the-ice with someone who catches their eye.”
* 3/4Gen iPhone, iPad, or 3/4Gen iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 9.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Winkage 1.0 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category.
Winkage Inc., founded by David DeGrazia and Bryant Gourdie in August 2011, is a social networking app development firm based in the Chicago suburb of Barrington. Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Winkage Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.