Authors: Alison Spandorfer and Owen Deady
Do you ever wish you could discuss topics of interest with others who shared your passion? Do you yearn for one easy location to find out what is happening at Cornell right now? If so, then you’re in luck. Something big is coming to Cornell tomorrow, and it’s the social media app you never realized you needed: Webbing. This app creates connections between students by allowing them to explore campus life at Cornell through their shared interests with other students. Get ready, Cornell, because Webbing is here to help you establish your voice within our community.
Webbing’s founder, Avraham Orbach, dedicated his young adulthood to creating the perfect app. Webbing presents a solution that is as simple and intuitive as the problem it addresses – linking up individuals based not on who they happen to know, but on who they should know. Cornell students have been involved in the creation of this app for two years; through product marketing and beta tests, Webbing has become a cumulation of their efforts.
When you sign up for Webbing, you will be asked to follow a number of “webbs,” including the Cornell webb. Webbs are feeds of content and interactions centered around a single topic – so by following the Cornell webb, for example, you will have access to the latest content regarding Cornell life. However, Webbing truly stands apart if you are interested in something more specific than Cornell in general. Maybe you want to know more about Cornell’s academics or a particular undergraduate college. If so, you can merely scroll through your list of webbs below and select a second webb. Now what you see is an aggregated feed of all posts relating to both Cornell and your secondary webb. This hashtag cross-referencing revolutionizes the social networking experience, enabling individuals to explore their passions based on location, campus, or any other criteria made possible by Webbing’s intuitive web structure.
So what makes it so special?
1) Anyone can join Webbing
Webbing is geared towards establishing relationships and making new friends, so it’s open to literally anyone on campus.
2) It combines tags to provide users with content geared towards their own unique interests.
Users can tag their posts to different “Webbs,” such as “Mann Library,” “Cornell” or “Happening now.” Webbing defines Webbs as “big, smart groups about any interest.” Webbs allow users to be provided with a more specific content page. Users can even combine Webbs to view the content that most relates to them.
3) Webbing allows anyone to express their views, and it is 100% socially acceptable.
One aspect that sets Webbing apart from other social media networks is that Webbing provides users with an open space to write about anything. Users can select tags to see more about the events that they are interested in.
4) Cornell is the first of two campuses where Webbing will be launching.
Webbing was built on a sense of campus unity and pride in order to motivate active users. As a select university chosen to aid the launch, Cornell can help make this app a massive hit.
5) Webbing is not like Facebook or Twitter.
Webbing is a place to discuss your interests with those around you who share the same interests as you do. Facebook culture discourages over-sharing, and Twitter’s word length constraint prohibits users from discussing in full, present day issues. Contrary to other social media networking websites, Webbing encourages you to showcase and talk about your passions. Here, you can spark a fulfilling dialogue with a fellow enthusiast without annoying anyone.