FratMap: There’s an App for That!
The idea of a smartphone app to help students find their way around Fraternity Row was such a good idea that if Phi Kappa Tau alumnus and co-creator Brian Gu hadn’t made FratMap, he said he would’ve had to “punch himself in the face.”
I think it’s a pretty sweet idea too, Brian.
A comprehensive social media tool and navigation device, FratMap blends the “I can see you” stalking of Foursquare and the “never get lost again” capabilities of Google Maps all in one intuitive handheld software specifically designed for the Penn State community.
With a database of every registered fraternity house in State College, users can search for the place they’re looking for and if they bring enough girls, they might actually get in. The check-in feature lets you to see where your bros are kicking it and a streaming chat feature allows you to see if the house across the street still has Natty or not. And with 300+ downloads in FratMap’s first two weeks of existence (plus the publicity of a Daily Collegian article), I can see this app becoming as necessary to the Greek community as a lacrosse pinnie and a flat-brimmed hat.
This is just one of many social apps that Gu has in the workings. He’s also hoping to find investors and developers for a whole slew of other apps that are aimed toward a collegiate demographic.
Aside from the word “frat” which the IFC sees as disrespectful as Rick Santorum views gay marriage, university officials are excited about the app. Associate Vice President of University Relations, Deborah Conner, was even interested in what other features could be added to FratMap to make it more relevant to the university.
“From philanthropy to daylongs” the FratMap official website boasts, this app has got the “college social scene” covered. Never get lost again as you stumble from highlighter parties to raves. And always knowing where your friends are makes it easier to meet up for a sobering slice of canyon at the end of the night.
For more information, check out FratMap’s social media presence: