Kinjoe, a new Vancouver-based startup, today announced the release of its new web and mobile social network available as a free public beta for residents of B.C.
Kinjoe is designed to solve an issue of big-city living: many people feel alone and anonymous despite being surrounded by millions of people. Vancouver is particularly afflicted by this phenomenon—a 2010 Angus Reid poll revealed that Vancouverites were among the loneliest city-dwellers in Canada, with only 69 per cent feeling well-connected socially.
Unlike Facebook, which only connects people with friends or family, Kinjoe enables people to expand their social network by making new, real-life friends who live within 20 minutes' walking distance and share the same interests. After connecting online, it's easy to get together offline to participate in activities that match your interests.
"Ask anyone and they will tell you that Vancouver is a difficult city to make new friends in," said Emir Aboulhosn, Kinjoe founder and CEO. "Kinjoe takes away the awkwardness and difficulty in finding people who share your interests and live nearby."
Kinjoe features include:
• Browse–able profiles and interests of people who live within 20 minutes of each other.
• A "Me Too!" feature to show interest in an idea or simple stay updated on a discussion.
• A 'meetup' feature that allows users to suggest activities that anyone within a 20-minute walk can join.• Instant polls that allow users to canvass their neighbourhood's opinion on an issue, place or event.
• A 'Recommended Friends' feature that allows people who share similar interests and live close by to find each other.
Kinjoe respects safety and privacy—users control the information that is displayed to others in their neighbourhood.