College student from Chappaqua creates website for lonely people seeking friends during COVID-19

A college junior from Chappaqua created a website for people feeling lonely and wanting a friend to connect with during the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2020, 9:48 PM

Updated 1,403 days ago

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A college junior from Chappaqua created a website for people feeling lonely and wanting a friend to connect with during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sam Brickman and two other computer science classmates at Cornell University developed "Quarantine Buddy," a virtual way to make friends while stuck at home.
"So many of the people we spoke to, and what we've seen, all our users tell us, they literally just want somewhere where they can go meet new people just to just to talk to, to have a new friend," he says.
To start meeting new buddies and checking out virtual events, people first have to sign up on the Quarantine Buddy website. There is no sign-up charge to use it.
"You go to the website and you fill out some basic information, your age and gender, as well as what you're looking for in a buddy, and then we match you with your optimal buddy, and introduce you to each other so that you can connect, grow and learn from each other," says creator Jordyn Goldzwieg.
Quarantine Buddy currently has about 30,000 users and is growing fast in over 120 countries.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the website a shoutout back in April in a coronavirus "deep breath moment" email update.
Plans are now in the works for a Quarantine Buddy app.
 
 


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