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Nov 05, 2014 03:13 PM EST

Yale Students Create Party-Locating App Huddlr: 'Like Foursquare, but More Social-Oriented'


Students at Yale University have developed an app to help their peers find out where their friends are partying on a given night.

According to the Yale Daily News, two students at Yale promoted their new creation, Huddlr, with purple flier all over the New Haven campus that read, "what the hell is going on tonight?" That burning question is the essence of Ivan Fan and William Zhao's new app.

Fan said the app is unique from similar networking devices, but it may not necessarily be universal in its purpose.

"I'm all about solving real world problems and part of that is bringing people together," he told the Daily News.

But people can use Tinder to meet random people in their general area, while Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allow users to keep in touch with people they know. But college students who do not want to find a party probably do not have much use for Huddlr.

"If I want people to know where I am I just tell them," Joel Ong, a student at Yale, told the Daily News.

Fan and Zhao said they hope to expand their app to more than just the Yale campus, but they said Huddlr is safe, as users need to accept friend requests to learn each other's location. Fan compared the app to Foursquare, adding that Huddlr is more social.

"What really separates us from similar apps like Foursquare is we're very much focused on showing you real-time location information for your friends," he told USA Today. "It's a lot more social-oriented."

While the Huddlr creators have lofty goals for their product, Zhao said he and Fan are going to focus on refining their app before pushing it across the east coast.

"When you're programming, you're really in the weeds and trying to solve technical problems," Zhao told USA Today. "You really need your users to tell you what they want to see from the product."

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