Catchup app: Social networking as it should be
Recently selected from hundreds of start-ups to be presented at RISE, Asia’s biggest tech conference, the CatchUp app is about to get its biggest audience so far. With maximal privacy, minimal fuss, and a range of features to keep us in touch with faraway loved ones, CatchUp looks set to gain the affections of students and travellers worldwide, and compete with some of the biggest names in social networking.
Since its launch in 2004, Facebook has taken the world by storm, with currently over 1.4 billion active users. Of course, the main reason why many people (myself included) initially signed up to social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter was to keep in touch with people. Yet, many people seem to be growing tired of endlessly scrolling through news feeds, and never actually seeing these people in real life.
Don’t get me wrong: complaining to your classmates on Facebook for hours about how you have no time to write your essay is a beautifully ironic way to procrastinate. Still, I’d much rather actually get to do that over coffee, or head out for the day for some light relief away from the keyboard.
But, if there are more than two of you, trying to arrange meeting up is almost impossible, unless you have endless patience (or can relentlessly nag all your friends to tell you every date they’re free for months on end, or can endure so many group chats you vow never to organise anything again). With so many options to contact people, you end up with multi-platform conversations, and it’s just so much hassle.
Fortunately, this is where CatchUp comes in. Each user creates a travel log to share with selected contacts, so you both know when and where you’ll be across the globe. Want to know if your best friend from school is home from university at the same time as you? Check their itinerary to see if you both have free days in your hometown. You’ll even get a notification when they’re dropping by your current city, home or abroad – perfect for if you’re reliving your gap year freedom, or just popping home for the weekend. Forget liking photos of your course mate’s new cat or your long lost friend’s tweet about their engagement, CatchUp app gets to the nitty-gritty of arranging time for genuine face time.