Ohio State Students Launch Social Network
Updated: Monday, January 28 2013, 09:13 AM EST
COLUMBUS -- Move over, Facebook and Twitter, make room for "Capstory," a new social network with an emphasis on privacy and personal ownership of content.
The social network was created in the Ohio State dorm room of Suprasanna Mishra and Dustin Studer, both pre-med students at the main campus in Columbus.
"We're trying to give that control back to the users where they can go onto Capstory, they can put all their media on Capstory," Studer said.
The pair had the idea to create a new social network and reached out to buckeye students for feedback. According to Studer, social network-ers wanted more privacy; the ability to share photos and quotes with a select group of friends.
"Obviously college kids like to go out, they're a very social group and they might not want to share all of that content online," Studer said.
Many employers now look to Facebook and Twitter, snooping for "dirt," but if a user posts something online they don't want others to know about, should they be doing that activity in the first place?
"That's not at all what it's about- it's not a partying site," Studer responded. "It's not to try to like, 'hide' your pictures."
Once posted online, some material becomes public; allowing others to use that material freely.
Studer says, "we just wanted to build a platform that people knew they owned the content they were sharing."
Whether that content ownership draws more users to the site is yet to be fully seen. So far, the site has over a thousand users and growing daily.
Reporter: Shawn Kline