Patook LLC's New Mobile App Makes Finding Platonic Friends Easier Than Ever Before

A new social media app aims to do for platonic friendships what other companies have done so successfully for dating and hook-ups. The app, called Patook, uses an innovative points system and dynamic matching algorithms to accurately connect like-minded people in their own communities. Launched in ten languages, Patook also features more than a million “beacons” worldwide which allow users to interact with each other within a certain range.

Seattle, WA, October 16, 2015 --( New to iOS and Android, from the makers of the original community website, comes Patook, the free-to-play social app that helps people find friends and brings communities closer together.

The basic premise of Patook is simple and its functionality twofold; the developers have designed it to bring people and communities together by 'matching' like-minded individuals, and providing a forum for discussions in their local area. The user interface has been tailored for the iOS and Android versions to be intuitive and simple, with clutter-free menus, and easy-to-understand icons and styling, providing pick-up-and-play accessibility suitable for everybody.

This project began by exploring the idea that making new platonic friends may become harder as you grow older. Following much research and using paid surveys to gather feedback on the issue, the results(1) suggested that many people do find it hard to make new friends. So the developers at Patook LLC have come up with a concept for an app to help people connect.

Patook is particularly suitable for:

· people who just moved to a new neighborhood or country
· new university or college students
· busy professionals and parents

Using powerful matching algorithms, Patook instantly finds people in a user's locality that they might get on with, and provides a quick and easy way to connect with them. From making new friends to hang out with, finding a group to pursue shared interests together, or just chatting to similar souls online, Patook's expert matchmaking brings individuals together.

Alternatively, for those who want to connect en masse, Patook introduces the new concept of 'beacons'. Beacons are discussion groups set up around millions of beacon points worldwide - such as universities, malls and airports - and may be as small as a coffee shop, or as vast as a whole city. Beacons allow people to participate in real-time conversations happening in their local area, or start their own beacon and encourage others to talk about the issues that matter to them; whether that's town politics or the flavors on offer at the local ice-cream parlor. Chances are there are other people out there who are thinking about the same thing and want to share their thoughts. Posts are visible to all users within a certain radius of the beacon and anyone within range can join the conversation.

Patook is designed to be uncomplicated to use, and broad in its reach, whilst also being respectful of people's privacy and security. Users do not have to provide their real names and may join as either an individual or a couple. Profiles can be set up from scratch, but the option to sign up using a Facebook account is also included, providing a quicker way to populate a user profile. Patook never posts anything to Facebook. The app uses the device's location to suggest more specific connects in that area, but if not provided it assumes the user is in the center of their sign-up city.

A network of friends is not required to get started - Patook's homepage presents an initial list of interesting people nearby, displaying key data and a brief introductory excerpt from their profile. This list can be sorted by age, gender, distance, or new users, or further refined by setting up rules to filter the results based on a user-created points system. For instance, if the desired match is a short, Italian man who enjoys waterskiing, use the points system to create rules allocating +10 points for being male, +5 points for height between 4' 5” and 5', +10 points for speaking Italian, and +15 points for an interest in waterskiing. Any person who meets these criteria appears on the homepage with +40 points. Users make the rules and decide on their parameters, and the points system is completely private.

Patook also incorporates a 'mutual matches' system. Users may give each other a star rating which, when combined with those who have also rated that user, indicates a high likelihood of compatibility. Patook even uses these ratings to predict how people will rate others, and suggest ever-more-accurate matches.

Patook is safe and secure - users control who sees their information and how much. For example, there are options to show profiles only to men, women, or couples, or only people who score enough points on the ratings criteria.

For those who want to find friends, love, or hobby groups; learn from someone with different interests and backgrounds, or share their skills and experience with others, Patook puts the whole world in the palm of your hand.

Patook is now available free on the App Store and Google Play™.

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Patook LLC
Antoine El Daher