When will the censors begin attacking DormChat?
Anthony Ha reports for TechCrunch:
College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital
DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students.
The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat has now released “the whole damn product,” including a spiffed-up version for iOS and its first app for Android.
The company is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from New York-based firm ff Venture Capital, with ffVC’s John Frankel joining its board of directors.
The big player here is Yik Yak, a popular, anonymous, and college-focused messaging app that recently raised $10 million. So what makes DormChat different from all the other the other messaging apps, particularly Yik Yak?
Well, Michalski said DormChat gives its messages context — users don’t just share their thoughts with everyone nearby, but instead create chatrooms based around topics and locations (like, you guessed it, a dorm). Then anyone within about three miles can read and post in those rooms. (And if you do want an unfiltered glimpse at everything posted nearby, you can also bring up the Recent Feed.)
College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital (Tech Crunch)