There’s been a big rise in demand in recent times from people wanting to find like-minded others to hang out with, whatever their interests.
That’s the view from Moocher, a new social app set up following extensive research into the market.
My Planet Liverpool chatted with spokesperson for the app Joel Jelen who said: “Moocher has been put together as a socialising app that enables people to choose and enjoy a diverse range of activities. It was initially inspired by one of the team travelling to London on their own and wanting to meet like-minded folk with an affinity for the same events based nearby.”
As Jelen explained, “with Moocher you can pin drop any location you like. A local cafe, bar, a museum, find events locally and create your own event too. That’s one of its unique features.”
My Planet Liverpool loves Moocher’s unique swiper screen…the kind that you might see on e.g. dating apps…enabling you to invite people to join your group, the minimum group size being three. Or, you can let people find you on the map and request to join. Once you’ve joined a group, you’ll have access to a group chat. You can get chatting and make new friends before the meet up.
“There’s an over-60’s option too which enabling metrics on wellness, mental health, loneliness and isolation for older age-groups. The same can be said for younger groups especially given the high percentage of single households now in the UK population.”
Fans and early adopters of Moocher love it because all you need do is choose a favourite topic, e.g. music or the sports you’re interested in and in the process, hint at mutual likes in attracting others. Followers downloading the app, which is free to do, said they also liked Moocher because it’s not intrusive and doesn’t ask you loads of questions before you’re able to join.
Founded in Liverpool as a business, Moocher can be used anywhere in the world but the team believe that early feedback shows how friends near to where you live can be an ideal recipe for a fun, local social schedule. My Planet Liverpool also likes the fact that the app has also been commended for offering plenty of tips on socialising safely with fellow users.
We also found out that Moocher also enables you to start talking and getting to know new friends before you meet them with its chat function, which can be added to the free-to-download app for just 99p per month. For the same price, you can promote the group and the team expects Moocher to become popular with e.g. businesses creating events, mums, pastime-based groups in sport and leisure as well as those interested in dating.
“It also enables locations like local venues and individual users to host events and social catch-ups,” adds Jelen. “People using the app can find and attend gatherings in their area and make it a prime tool for filling their diary at the touch of a button in the future. In creating a group, the app allows you to invite people from the swiper screen too.”
Jelen says Moocher has the same hopes and aspirations in 2022 as many of the well-known household name social media sites but with its own uniqueness. “It can help those people whose networks have dissolved as they get older for all kinds of reasons. Friends can become e.g. more family-oriented or relocate and meeting new contacts and making friends locally has arguably become more difficult up to now. Moocher can change that.”