Four University undergraduates have created Friendsy, a website that allows students to indicate their interest in becoming friends with, hooking up with or dating other students. Launched on May 1, the site has attracted more than 600 users and 2,500 mutual connections as of Tuesday.
Only people with valid University netIDs are allowed to sign up on the site, although it is not clear if it is open only to students or to anyone with a netID.
After creating an account, users are able to search for people they are interested in. They can also view an entire roster of Friendsy users. The roster is arranged in order of people who have joined most recently.
After finding a person they are interested in, users are able to click on three buttons: “friends,” “hookup” or “date.” Once clicked, the button will appear as “pending.”
If two users have mutual interest in one another, they will both be notified.
However, if the feeling is not mutual, the site states that it will “keep your secrets safe.”
If users unclick a “pending” button, the notification sent to the other user will disappear. Users also have the ability to upload profile pictures and customize their profile with gender, graduation year, meal affiliation, department and hometown.
It does not appear that users can delete their profiles.
The founders of Friendsy declined to be interviewed for this article.
Friendsy is similar to the website, GoodCrush Princeton, developed by former USG president Josh Weinstein ’09 in 2007. GoodCrush Princeton is “a risk-free way to express romantic interest in someone” through either a missed-connections page or the CrushFinder, Weinstein told the ‘Prince’ in 2010.
“The reason why I compare Friendsy to GoodCrush is because I don’t think many people use either seriously,” Jeff Morell ’13 said. “I don’t think it will change the way people interact here at Princeton in the slightest way at all.”
Eugene Katsevich ’14 said that he likes the goal of the website, which he says is to bring people together — whether as friends or romantically.
“There are a lot of single people out there wondering if there’s someone out there who likes them,” Katsevich said.
But he explained that there are people who “cheat” by selecting that they are interested in everyone indiscriminately on Friendsy.
“Everyone likes everyone,” Katsevich said. “You cannot get any truthful information from the site.”
Allanna Daniels ’16 said she joined Friendsy just for fun.
“I don’t take [the site] seriously at all,” Daniels said. “I’d be a little annoyed if someone wants to go on a date with me online. But, if it’s all just a joke, there’s no way for anyone to tell.”
She explained that she thinks other people don’t see the site seriously either and that it will not change the quality of relationships between University students.
“I don’t think it will change the way people interact here at Princeton,” Daniels said. “[The site] is not going to go anywhere.”