First, we must establish some of our vocabulary. The term “thread” can be subdivided into two groups: user-created threads and nearby threads. A “user-created thread” is a group that other users can join and comment in. A “nearby thread” is a post that a user can contribute to a particular category(such as education or mentoring) that other users can vote up if they find it useful. A “post” is a comment inside of a user-created thread.
The app’s homepage has three tabs: Your Threads, Local Threads, and Account. The user threads can be found in the Your Threads tab. Local Threads contains all of the nearby threads. The Account tab allows users to log in and keeps track of user accounts.
With user-created threads, this application replaces the painful problem of delayed and exhaustive text message chains or group messages with an interconnected network where students can quickly get a response to their questions. A user could create a group such as “Rocky Mountain Advanced Calculus,” and it would turn into a community of users helping each other out with their tough calculus homework. Students from schools all over the country could join the group and either ask questions or provide help.
Nearby threads form a location based content delivery system. The application determines your location and retrieves other posts about that subject in your area. For example, if you want to find someone to mentor you on coding you could find someone in your area. You would also be able to find people in your community with similar interests. . The application includes threads on education, shopping, food, and many more as development progresses.
But why make all of this? We noticed in our research that there was a striking discrepancy between people that needed help/advice and people that could deliver those tips. We wanted to create a user-friendly, cohesive application that connected the two groups.