keep hearing about a smart phone app where they list all
the parties for your high school or college.
Eventually, you get the name of the app...the Zipper (or
the Big Zipper if you're nasty). You grab your iPhone
or Droid smart phone and check out the app store. You
type in the Zipper and there it is and it's free. Just
the right price for a student's budget. You download,
create an account, and voila...you're in. The main
window brings up local news and local gossip based on
your phones location right away. There might be all
kinds of stuff from traffic to news to crushes. That's
not what you're looking for. How do you find that
message board for all the parties you keep hearing about
at school? We thought you would never ask.
fastest approach is to click the "Location" button at
the top right corner. A list of available Locations
will pop up right away with the added option of
searching for another location. You'll also see "Find
your School" if you're new to this process. This is
probably the best way to go. It will take you to a
search window where existing locations will pop up.
There, you will see various locations other people have
created including one with your high school listed.
There may be others that show more specific info.
Let's say you go to City High. You may see "City High",
"City High pride", "City High Seniors 2012", etc. You
notice "CH-Weekend". That's probably it. You ask to
join this group and a window pops up that requests the
private password. Some locations will have passwords
while others will not. Generally speaking, school based
locations will probably have passwords and a local
message board with weekend high school parties will
definitely be password protected. So how do you go
about getting this password before another Friday night
comes and goes.
went back and forth on this when designing the app. On
one hand, we discussed designing a password request
feature where you can send a request to the location's
creator with your info. The creator can then send you
the password or add you to the location. We also
discussed the power of word of mouth with
groups...especially students. If someone were to send
you a request and you don't really know them, what would
you do? It might be a parent or a stranger. Word of
mouth gets around this so we decided on the initial
launch to go this direction and this is why.
felt it was much more exclusive to propagate the
password or means of entry into a password protected
message board by word of mouth or off-app. This way,
you know for sure who is part of the board. It adds
legitimacy and exclusivity but more importantly, it
mirrors the way local news and local gossip moves around
the real world which is word of mouth. Why break
something that isn't broken. Let's take that same
ability to spread like wildfire within an exclusive
group and give it a smart phone app.
ask some of your friends what the password is. Before
you know it, you'll get the info and get access to a
private and exclusive message board who's sole purpose
is to make sure every Friday and Saturday night rocks!
Don't you love technology!