Vingle: A Social Networking Site Where You Meet People With Similar Interests to Yours
Vingle is a new social media platform which lets its users join groups with similar interests to theirs. The Korean based application has now found its way on both the iOS and the Android platforms. The site already has a large assemblage of English-language participants.
Vingle, the fun-oriented site was the product of Viki founders, Changseong Ho, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Jiwon Moon, who noticed that many users were showing interest in translating and subtitling their favorite TV shows and movies. This led them to create an interest-based network which would allow users to hangout with groups focused on things they are equally passionate about.
“If you look at the history of our founders and Viki, they were really fascinated even before Viki to find communities of subtitlers. The question raised was why are these people doing this subtitling and translation for free? They are driven by being in a community they love. The founding vision of Vingle is to share with likeminded people about everything, not just videos,” said Mark Tetto, Vingle’s chief strategy officer.
If you want to find people with similar interests as yourself then Vingle might not be a bad choice to start with. The topics of discussion range from current events, like the tour de France, to other topics of interest like Men and Women’s fashion, or it could be anything other than that — something that you might be interested in; you would likely be able to find similar people as yourself on the app.
It was noted that currently, the site had around 2.3 million visitors and it got 100 million page views.
Although some might think that the site and its app are similar to Reddit, we can still see that Vingle has a much more visual-based approach, so there might just be a bit of competition between the two at some point. Not only that but the site is also competing against Naver Cafes in Korea, which is the creation of the makers of Line, the messaging app.
As long as we are talking about similarities, many feel that the site is very similar to Pinterest and that it gives off the same feel, since both of them are heavy on similar content like fashion, entertainment and DIYs. Vingle’s Tetto, on the other hand, says that this would soon change, for the obvious reason that Vingle needs to set itself apart and create its own space.
Tetto said, “People see the UI and it feels to them like Pinterest, but that will change very much.”
One particular aspect of Vingle that draws the users to it, is the fact that they get responses almost instantly in their groups, which have thousands of members. As humans, we like being acknowledged for our interests and as Vingle has shown, the sooner it’s done, the better it will be.