One of our UK startups www.lockir.com has stared a new social network for students. It’s a social & study platform aimed at students, it was launched few days ago and created by a University of Manchester graduate. Below is his guest post. I’d be really interested in any comments – constructive are best, as I am not a student any more
Lockir (the name is inspired by the idea of college lockers) bridges the gap between social networks such as Facebook, and study platforms such as Blackboard. The likes of Facebook are about sharing your life with friends and family and keeping in touch with them and so don't have a much relevance to students, it has no target audience and is there for everyone and anyone to use with an average age being 41.
Lockir is different, it has been made for students with features tailored for student life. If you look at the main characteristics of students you will realise they are very social, they like to meet new people, they like to listen to music and they like to study (not all!), Lockir has made this possible by putting these aspects into its platform making it fun and exciting.
The study features of Lockir include; peer to peer help through questions and answers for different degrees, sharing documents such as lecture notes and past exam papers, writing notes and sharing them with your group for collaboration. Users that sign up with a university email will get a verified student icon.
The social features of Lockir include; listening to and sharing music, sharing photos, meeting new people, discover what people are sharing, chatting with friends, chatting with Facebook friends directly from Lockir, chat transliterate option allows foreign students to write in their native language (Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Urdu and more).
Lockir is made by Jehad Amlesh, a 27 year old British graduate from University of Manchester with BSc in computer science and MSc from Manchester business school in Business IT, and is now looking to apply to do a PhD. Lockir is self funded. Jehad has had an offer for investment but declined the term sheet as he believed it was too early to allow investors in which could influence his visions for Lockir. The support of free software from Microsoft was enough for Jehad to start Lockir.
In his own words….
"when people hear the words student social network, the first thing that comes to mind is Facebook, but how relevant is Facebook for students? not very, even in its early days it did not have any features which were made for students, it was just a MySpace for .edu and ac.uk emails.
I made Lockir for students, I spent most of my time programming it in the university library whilst engaging with students. Lockirs aim is to create a fun and exciting community for students around the world to connect online ".
We, Microsoft are not endorsing this, just interested in your comments or feedback
Interesting... I'd love to be able to access a social network where I peopele have the same interest/studying the same or similar subjects for example programming - enabling me to ask or answer questions.
Nearly everyone uses Facebook but if there was a more "topic" based SM site rather than "friends" based site it might work.
What Glen said. I can see this being a very good idea. I personally am not studying programming, but I have a passion for it, and I've taught myself a few languages. Often, when I've needed help, I've gone to online forums.
It'll be interesting to see how this website compares to online forums in allowing learners to get peer-to-peer help. Signed up, and really hope this website works out.
I think this is great - especially the study feature of sharing past papers, lecture notes etc. as they can sometimes be a pain to locate.