The creator of BlindTXT .com is trying to find the next big thing in social media.
The Augusta-based Web site uses text messaging to connect users with other people interested in business networking, friendship or dating. Registered users have access to other users’ profiles, listing their location, gender, age, interest (dating, friendship or networking) and phone numbers. If a profile sparks an interest, the user can text that user and start up a conversation.
“You get to make a connection on a human level, instead of on things like looks,” said Joshua Bolin, it’s creator. “There’s still that mystery, though, and that’s what keeps it interesting.”
Bolin has been working on the project for about six months. His brother, Justin Bolin, and his fiancee, Jana Kirkland, have partnered with him. The Web site is a way to spread the word and “make it go viral,” but a BlindTXT smartphone app eventually will be available.
Users’ profiles will be able to show, through GPS technology, exactly where they are. Bolin said he imagines events could sponsor BlindTXT meet-up rooms where users could meet people they have been texting.
With any kind of social media platform there are privacy and safety concerns, but Bolin said everything has been fine so far. If a user encounters any kind of safety concern, the BlindTXT Web site has a phone number that they can call and the problematic user profile will be suspended.
The company has been picked up by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the legal firm that has represented Google and other Silicon Valley companies.
“Our concept is unique enough that they’re taking us on,” Bolin said.
Although he’s excited that a national firm has agreed to represent them, Bolin wants the company to be able to remain in the Augusta area. Most of his investors at this point are from big cities such as New York, but if enough accredited or angel investors in Augusta join in, BlindTXT could stay in Augusta.
“Our primary objective is to keep it in Augusta,” Bolin said. “This could potentially bring a lot of high-tech jobs to the area.”