Strabane man creates new social network

A STRABANE man has created an unique new app, which could eventually become a rival to the Facebooks and Instagrams of this world.
Rory Kelly, who previously founded his own software company, Rockspin, released the new social network, ‘Curated’ prior to Christmas.
Featuring in the Early Access section of the Google Playstore for the last two months, the app already has some 4,000 users and is attracting up to 100 more people every day.
A social app which encourages users to share and recommend quality content like articles, books and podcasts, Curated is already garnering some positive feedback from the higher echelons of the online world.
“It’s about connecting people based on content,” Rory, who now lives in London, explained.
He continued, “There’s a lot of noise online now on social networks like Facebook or Instagram where people share things like photos of holidays and things like that. We wanted to do something for adults, something which was a bit more intellectual.”
The beauty of Curated is that, as well as being a social network which connects you to your friends, the app also offers recommendations for entertainment – books, music, TV and film – all ‘curated’ by its users.
Rory previously worked for Mind Candy the makers of Moshi Monsters and also in telecoms for a company acquired by Roman Abramovich. 
“Part of the value of a social network is that you can recommend things to friends,” Rory continued. “I’ve just watched this film or read this book… and you can post it through the app.
“But most of the time now, I find that these recommendations only happen with friends during a conversation in a bar or in a coffee shop. Curated is a new social network for exactly that… there’s the discover aspect but also the communication aspect.
“It’s going very well so far but it’s the early stages. We were lucky enough to meet some people from Google who really liked the concept.”
Self-funded and developed by the team at Rockspin, Curated is free to download through the Playstore.

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