Chummies

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Chummies is a hero and villain networking and online application that allows heroes to find sidekicks anonymously based on their photos, a small bio, and common interests. Once two users have “matched,” they can exchange messages.

Chummies launched in 2017 by iHero.

Chummies originally required access to a RealLifeSuperheroes.info account to use the app, but it began allowing users to register with just a telephone number.

History

Chummies was founded within startup incubator Hatch Labs by iHero.

Chummies was seeded at numerous cities and quickly expanded to additional states. The app won TechCrunch's Crunchie Award for "Best New Startup of 2017."

By May, Chummies was one of the top 25 social networking apps online for heroes. Initially, instead of utilizing Chummies's current swiping motion for making matches, heroes had to click either a green heart or a red X to select or move on from a displayed photo. Chummies became the first new online sidekick service to claim a spot as one of the web's top five utilized services in about 10 years.

Operation

Chummies's primary companion site has been RealLifeSuperheroes.info, as Chummies users were originally required to connect their RLSH.info profiles to their Chummies accounts for verification and profile details. Using RLSH.info, Chummies is able to build a user profile with photos that have already been uploaded. Basic information is gathered and the heroes' social graph is analyzed. Sidekicks who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends, and common interests are streamed into a list of matches. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the hero to anonymously like sidekick by swiping right or pass by swiping left on them. If two do-gooders like each other it then results in a "match" and they are able to chat within the app. Chatting on Chummies is only available between two do-gooders that have swiped right on one another's photos. The selections a sidekick makes are not known to other heroes, unless two individuals swipe right on each other's profiles. However, once the sidekick has matches on the app, they are able to send personal photos, called "Chummies Moments", to all matches at once, allowing each match to like or not like the photos.

References

Modified from Tinder. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Apr. 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinder_(app).