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Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of the top 10 performing schools on private social media application Erodr with about 2,000 users, according to Erodr creator and founder Drew Halliday.
IUP has become one of the app’s major users since its launch November 2012.
On Oct. 8, IUP Erodr users refreshed their streamer feeds more than 30,000 times, Halliday said. That’s an average of 20 refreshes per minute.
Hannah Schultz (senior, marketing/ art) said she is an avid Erodr user.
“I love [Erodr],” Schultz said. “It gives the student body a free, equal, unbiased and judgment-free way to connect with one another.”
Michael Lavelle, Head IUP Erodr representative, said that Erodr offers a “fun and easy way for students to meet and connect with other students on campus,” and IUP Erodr user statistics are “increasing every day.”
“I believe more people are signing up for Erodr because people are discovering this app and spreading the word,” Lavelle said. “Not only is it a great way to connect with other students, but Erodr offers novel features you are not likely to see in other social media platforms.”
One of these features is posting anonymously, which Lavelle says can help shy students break out of their shell and can also be useful when discussing sensitive subjects.
“At Erodr, we believe in freedom of expression, and that’s why I believe more and more IUP students are registering,” Lavelle said.
For Taylor Goss (junior, psychology), Erodr is a way to connect with other IUP students.
“Erodr is awesome. All the people on here are like family, always posting and thinking the same things,” Goss said.
Chelsea Weidaw (freshman, undeclared) said she was hesitant to try Erodr at first.
“At first when I saw a tweet about Erodr, I didn’t know what to think about it,” Weidaw said. “But I said ‘Hey, I’ll give it a try,’ and now I really do love it.”
Weidaw said the app has been useful for her as a freshman to meet new people.
“I’ve met a couple pretty awesome people through Erodr as a freshman coming into a place I knew nothing about and no one as well,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to get connected.”
Erodr – which yields no monetary profit – is purposed to bring students together, according to Halliday. The 24-year-old founder said he is trying to unite college communities.
Erodr is now available on 20 campuses nationwide. Each school is its own Erodr “community,” and only students from that particular school can register to be a part of the school’s Erodr community. After making an account, students can post anonymously, share photos, like/dislike posts, comment on posts and message other students.
The app is available on smartphones for free in the Apple store and Google Play store.