A new website http://schoolmates.co.uk/ is launching today offering a new way for people to reconnect with schoolmates. Over 32,000 schools in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed on the system, which can be used to look up and connect with old school friends from primary school, secondary school, college and university.
Is it Friends Reunited? No… and not linked in any way other than concept. It will perhaps be dubbed the next generation; it goes a stage further than the original and is likely to be a slower burn but more sustainable forum.
Schoolmates.co.uk can be used by anyone who attended school in the last 100 years and is designed to be the number one place for schoolmates to keep in touch; the site will appeal to users in different ways depending on their stage of life.
For example, for those who have already left education it will be a place to reconnect and share memories and photographs. For current graduates or anyone in the process of leaving education, it is the online place to visit on prom night or the last day of term to register the year, giving former students a means, other than social media to stay in touch.
Schoolmates.co.uk is being launched into a much busier online world than its predecessor. In the 1990s Friends Reunited was groundbreaking, the first social network to take hold in the UK and a roaring success with spin off brands and even a CD collection. The demise of Friends Reunited came when it was overtaken with the new social network rivals namely Facebook.
Fast forward to 2018, where today online social media interactions are almost as common as actual face-to-face interaction. The online networking arena has grown exponentially and there is a greater appetite for communication of all kinds, as such founders believe the site will thrive.
Schoolmates.co.uk doesn’t rival existing sites and apps. It isn’t intended to be a daily interactive site, but simply an online place to visit and reconnect with schoolmates.
It isn’t intrusive, there is no need to share breakfast choices, it is designed purely as a forum to reconnect, and users can export their contacts into whatever social media they choose.
Chris Goodwin, founder of Schoolmates.co.uk commented:
“The beauty of the site is that it can be used by anyone and has appeal across all generations whether they are Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook users, the one commonality is that they went to school.
I see the site as an extension of social media, but also caters for those who don’t want to be on Facebook or Twitter but would still like to be part of the community.
Many of our users wont have heard of Friends Reunited so for them the idea is fresh, and for those who are old enough to remember – then they already grasp the concept.
This system has its own USPs and allows users to find old classmates by name or even nickname, and they can find friends from however many educational establishments they have attended. Even if you didn’t go to school together, you can still search schools in your area and create your own custom group of mates.”
Very little information is required to join and it’s FREE - simply a name, email and password and then school name and the years attended. Users then receive an email to alert them when other students from their year sign up.
To register visit www.schoolmates.co.uk.