Okay, so it’s your first day of college or uni and you’re meeting lots of new people. What you need is a quick and easy way of swapping details with potential new friends, right?
In the olden days (2014 and earlier), you'd just have to ask for someone’s number and email address, and run the risk of getting refused for appearing a little too forward. And this meant that every time you got knocked back, your circle of possible friends got smaller, and your confidence took a hit...not a great way to start college life.
Fast forward to 2015 and there’s an app to make things simpler and spare your blushes. Knock Knock lets you easily share your contact details and social media info with someone you’ve just met, without any awkwardness. It’s free on iOS and Android (but you might find yourself on a waiting list once you’ve applied for it, as it's being rolled out to college campuses first.).
Check out Knock Knock’s celebrity studded advert, and let Richard Branson, will-i.am and Sophia Bush enlighten you further.
I knock. You knock. We’re connected.
Ankur Jain, Knock Knock’s creator explains, “New social encounters can be both awkward and intimidating. Thinking back to my first week of college, I remember wishing there was a way to keep track and remember all of the new people I met. We created Knock Knock as a fun solution that takes the pressure off navigating these situations.”
So how does Knock Knock work, exactly? The clue’s in the name…
If your potential new BFF has the app, you simply give your phone a double knock to extend your contact info to them. They knock their phone twice and that’s it – your info is shared and you’ll be automatically connected to them on Facebook, Twitter and all the social media channels you’re set up on.
Best of all, you can decide exactly what info you share - if you’re not too keen on giving your mobile number out just yet, you can keep it under wraps.
You don’t even have to be in the same room to respond to a knock. So if you’ve returned home from a party without noticing someone’s sent you a knock, it’s not too late – you can still respond to them. Or ignore them, of course.
Fancy a chat?
You can also create Knock Knock groups for a group chat, and happily text the night away with your new found group of friends. Next to the name of each person in the chat group, you’ll see a handy note telling you when and where you met them. This is a nice little touch - because nobody likes getting a “remind me where we met again?” type message.
Have you got Knock Knock? If so, how long were you on the waiting list? Are you using Knock Knock to help you settle in to college or uni? Feel free to leave a comment below.