As a company, we are obsessed with improving the roommate matching process for residents and for our clients. We spend a significant amount of time evaluating new feature suggestions that will achieve this goal. In line with this goal, we have received feedback from our clients that the name of our Facebook application is not truly descriptive of the excellent service that we provide. For this reason, we are announcing that we’ve changed our company’s name from RoomBug to RoomSync. RoomSync describes what we do, which is syncing up roommates who are compatible in close living environments. Here is the full press release:
Leading Facebook® App for College Roommate Selection, RoomSync™, Now has 20 Universities on Board for 2011 Academic Year Formerly Known as RoomBug, RoomSync Makes “Rooming Blind” a Thing of the Past Gainesville, FL—July 7, 2011— RoomSync (www.roomsync.com), a leading Facebook application for college roommate selection that has reinvented the roommate-finding process, is now being used by 20 Universities across the United States. To date, more than 25,000 students have used the RoomSync app to find their college roommates. The app, which launched under the name RoomBug in 2010, has unveiled a plethora of new features, including a top roommate recommendations engine and academic major and residence hall preference options, which will continue to innovate the roommate selection process nationwide. With a high majority of college students on Facebook, the social site has become the go-to location for students to scrutinize their roommates once they are assigned by their universities.
The RoomSync app helps students to identify potential roommates by accessing their Facebook profiles and answering a lifestyle preferences questionnaire. People who use RoomSync are also now able to view mutual friends, giving them the ability to gain further insight into potential roommates. In its first year of service, RoomSync partnered with four universities. Now, in its second year, the company is working with 20 universities, and is in discussions with many more for the 2012-2013 academic year. With more than 15,000 on-campus students, Michigan State University is the largest residence hall system in the United States and the latest college to sign up with RoomSync.
"We believe that this product fulfills the need of today's student wanting more options for finding roommates,” said Vennie Gore, Assistant Vice President, Residential & Hospitality Services, Michigan State University. “This social tool is a game-changer for housing organizations. We anticipate student satisfaction with the assignment process will increase."
“As a company, we are obsessed with improving the roommate selection process for residents and for our partner institutions,” said Michael Hacker, RoomSync Co-founder and President. “As we work with new schools, we are able to refine our product and satisfy the increasingly complex desires of students. At the same time, we do the ‘heavy lifting’ for the university’s housing department, which frees that staff to focus on other housing issues. It’s a win-win both for students and for housing officers.”
About RoomSync: RoomSync (www.roomsync.com), formerly known as RoomBug, is the leading Facebook app for selecting college roommates. Founded in 2009 by Robert Castellucci, Michael Hacker, Alex Edelsburg and Ariel Himmelstern, RoomSync currently has more than 20 university clients and 50 off-campus apartment clients. Through the RoomSync app, students are able to easily identify potential roommates based on information found through Facebook profiles. To date, 25,000 students have used RoomSync to identify potential roommates. A 2009 FB Fund finalist, RoomSync is privately held and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.