Social Media Start-Up Offers Entirely New Way to Connect

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A group of college students are looking to reshape how we connect online with their Kickstarter project, HangBee.

The user experience is flawed by design. You have no means of communicating in a natural way. Nearly every platform is just a variation of a data feed. HangBee is breaking that mold!

New social networking site, HangBee, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on June 1st with the goal of ultimately reinventing the way people connect online. The company has set out to raise $20,000 by July 1st to finance its efforts to create the first inherently private, naturally deteriorating social media site, one that could revolutionize the nature of online interaction.

Frustrated with his social media options, HangBee founder Will Christman began developing what he has dubbed “the Living User Interface” in late 2014 during the first semester of his freshman year at the University of Colorado. Within this interface, users can partake in real-time interactions with others from around the world, utilizing nine different “hives” to express their opinions on politics or current events, to talk sports, to share their creative projects, and more. Unlike traditional social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat that present information through profiles and chronological data feeds, HangBee’s Living UI creates a canvas-like space for users to engage in spontaneous interactions and to respond to each other in the moment.

Promising complete and total privacy, HangBee will launch its site ad-free. By denying outside companies space for advertisements, HangBee will not only enhance user experience, but also ensure that outside agencies cannot purchase private user information. Christman has stated that “social networking, as it is now, is broken” because companies see users as “nothing more than dollar signs.” HangBee is built to change that unfortunate reality. As a site designed by an avid social media user for the benefit of other social media users, it will fix the problems associated with the market.

In its mission to maintain a culture of privacy on HangBee: every single interaction on the platform—except those that occur within the Marketplace—will be naturally deteriorating; none of what users type, post, and share will be saved. When posts disappear from their screens, they’re removed from HangBee servers almost simultaneously. Although other social media sites have dabbled in the past with the idea of deteriorating posts—Snapchat users only see pictures for a few seconds, and Facebook and Twitter posts can be deleted—no company has ever committed to deleting posts from their own servers like HangBee has.

Christman and co-founder Max Haensel, a rising junior at Brown University, have set up shop in their hometown of Raleigh, NC to work together on the startup. In conjunction with their personal social networking experience, Christman and Haensel together have backgrounds in design, computer science, and economics; alongside a dedicated team, they are working to put these backgrounds to use in the creation and promotion of HangBee and its business model. Following the Kickstarter campaign, work on HangBee will continue before the anticipated Alpha Launch in winter of 2016. You can access the HangBee Kickstarter page here:

-Will Christman, Founder: will(at)hangbee(dot)com 9194182857
-Max Haensel, Cofounder: max(at)hangbee(dot)com 9193890493

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