SOURCE: WhosHere


May 23, 2012 06:00 ET

First Location-Based Mobile Social Discovery App WhosHere Launches Video Chat

WhosHere Solves Biggest Problem With Meeting People Online: Verifying That the People Are REAL

Build Virtual Relationships With the Same Comfort Level as Meeting People In-Person

ALEXANDRIA, VA and SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - WhosHere®, the first location-based mobile social discovery app, today launched video chat providing a platform that for the first time allows users around the world to anonymously text, call and now instantly video chat with like-minded people nearby for FREE. Instead of spending endless hours browsing through profiles and photos of people searching for the "perfect" mate and praying for some algorithm to figure out compatibility, WhosHere brings it back to the basics -- personality and chemistry -- by allowing individuals to communicate and get to know each other before deciding to meet in-person. More importantly, WhosHere allows people to be real. With video chat, users quickly and safely verify that they are talking to the person they expect to be talking to -- not someone hiding behind a fake photo. WhosHere with video chat is now available for download at on iOS devices and will be coming soon to Android.

"Building relationships is a process and WhosHere has solved the biggest problem in meeting people online by creating the only app in the market that allows people to build virtual relationships with the same comfort level that they have when doing so in the real world," said Bryant Harris, co-founder and CEO. "The new video chat feature takes this up a notch by allowing people to naturally progress through their virtual connections -- starting with a chat, moving to a call and then actually seeing each other via video -- without the pressure of giving out their phone number or email address. Browsing through static, boring profiles on dating sites is so passé -- this is the future -- and it works. I met my fiancé via WhosHere and we recently welcomed our first child."

WhosHere is safe and private. A user's personal information is never shared unless they choose to provide it and their exact location is never shown. When setting up a profile, every field is optional so the user's identity is always protected. They can choose to be as anonymous or as public as they want to be. Unlike some websites and apps that let anyone find and contact you, with WhosHere you only get contacted by mutual matches. All matching on WhosHere is mutual, meaning users can only see and connect with people looking for users with similar interests.

WhosHere works by utilizing a user's mobile device location to match them with like-minded users nearby without disclosing any personal information for FREE via:

  • Text and picture messages: safer and faster than SMS

  • Calls: users can anonymously call and talk to each other using VoIP technology

  • Video chats: users can connect instantly with people nearby via video

WhosHere makes it quick and easy to get started, requiring no laborious profile setup process. Users can simply provide a screen name but choose to share as much or as little personal information as they wish, so their identity is always protected. While the profile information provided by users -- such as age, interests and what they're looking for -- is never required, providing this information helps improve matches. All matching is mutual, which means that users only see people that meet their criteria and can only be contacted by mutual matches, keeping privacy and safety intact.

As an added safety feature, receiving photos, voice calls or video chats are all disabled by default. Users grant other users the ability to contact them, or they can set "favorites," allowing specific individuals to connect them, which works especially well when keeping in touch with friends and family.

"Although many use WhosHere to meet new people, it is so much more than just a dating app," said Stephen Smith, co-founder and COO. "We've found that our users have made connections for many different aspects of life -- love, friendship, keeping in touch with family, travel advice and more. The use of WhosHere is truly limitless."

WhosHere was the first company to bring a location-based mobile social discovery app to the market in 2008 and has since helped millions of users worldwide make spontaneous connections:

  • 400 million+ messages sent a month
  • 10 million messages sent a day
  • 8 billion messages sent since launch
  • Localized in 17 languages

WhosHere with the new video chat is available now via the App Store or at

About WhosHere
WhosHere is the first location-based mobile social discovery app: a free, safe and anonymous way to connect with like-minded people around you. Founded in 2008, WhosHere has helped more than five million users worldwide make spontaneous connections on-the-go through free text messages, calls and video chats -- all while preserving their personal identities. WhosHere users have made connections for many aspects of life, including love, friendship, keeping in touch with family and travel, among many others. For more information, visit

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