Queen's University — Since 1873
25th November 2011

Missed connections

Website uses Facebook to foster relationships between students

Thomas Lee, Comm'14, says Joysper hopes to be the third person for fostering relationships through social media.
Thomas Lee, Comm'14, says Joysper hopes to be the third person for fostering relationships through social media. (Asad Chishti)

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A relationship website that uses Facebook to assist missed connections on campus has launched at Queen’s.

Joysper uses an “I’m curious” feature that allows users interested in each other to connect.

The online program was founded by Thomas Lee, Comm ‘14, and Daniel Li a student at both the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University.

“The pain of not knowing if your feelings are shared is really tough, so we hope Joysper will help people going through that early stage before dating,” Lee said.

Lee said students from Queen’s, Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier can log into the site using their school email address, but that users can only interact with students from their own school.

Individuals search for people they’re interested in and view profiles the same way they appear on Facebook.

“Most real life relationships start with a third party which lets the individuals know their attraction or interest is reciprocated,” Lee said. “Joysper aims to be that third person in the online social media world.”

Lee said dating websites like eHarmony focus too extensively on the idea of locating a compatible soul mate and fail to address the interest students already have in the individuals they see around campus.

“You don’t go to an auditorium looking for a date and think about each of the thousand students’ interests and goals,” he said. “eHarmony and other sites do and that’s not a proper structure for finding relationships online.”

Joysper is a self-funded project that took one month to create. Lee declined to comment on how much the initiative cost.

Within three hours of its 7 p.m. release on Nov. 21, more than 200 Queen’s students were registered on Joysper, Lee said. As of Nov. 23, the site had more than 300 users.

Since Joysper connects with users’ personal Facebook profiles, the service is more legitimate than dating sites that allow users to create fake profiles, Lee said.

“For many students, Facebook’s online identities raise the comfort zone associated with using the internet as a tool to create connections,” Lee said.

He said in the future he wants to add to the website.

“We want to start a trending people section. If a lot of guys are looking at your profile because they think you’re really cute, then you would be in the top people trending,” he said.

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