This social network app from Japan connects people working in the same office building



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Tokyo-based internet service company Kayac (TSE:3904) launched a mobile app called Biru-Tomo (literally meaning ‘Building Friend’) earlier this week, connecting you with your neighbors as well as people working for different companies in the same building that your office resides in. The app is now available for iOS on the AppStore and for Android on Google Play.

While there are many types of communities according to the environment, the Kayac team thinks that people working at different companies in the same office building can also create a local community. The app helps these people connect with each others and hold community events.

It is said that new condominiums are struggling to acquire new residents these days, so more condo developers are adding values for potential customers by appealing that a community of residents can be formed on their properties. I’m not sure if this is also true for office buildings, but connecting office workers in the same building may also bring a good effect to building owners.

A user has to be sign up using Facebook authentication upon registering a minimum of one building where he or she is based. In this way, the app will help provide for networking opportunities with office workers at different companies and even find drinking buddies after hours in the same building.

Translated by Masaru Ikeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy