Buddyup.com uses the internet to bring people together instead of just connecting
them electronically. What better way to meet new and interesting people with
common interests then through sports and activities? In addition to easily finding
a partner for a sport or activity, buddyup.com makes it extremely easy to then
schedule an activity.
Currently, buddyup.com supports over 20 common sports and activities including
alpine skiing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, frisbee, golf, hiking, ice
skating, inline skating, mountain biking, paddle tennis (popular in Chicago),
racquetball, road biking, rock climbing, running, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling,
snowboarding, squash, swimming, tennis, walking, weight lifting, and windsurfing.
These sports and activities were chosen because of their popularity in general
or among the staff. There are no team sports like soccer offered yet because
of the added complexity in organizing a team. We hope to offer team sports in
Here's how it works.... Once logged-on, members can view their personal home
page. The personal home page lists 1. pending activities, 2. scheduled activities,
3. messages, and 4. evaluations to complete. The pending activites section lists
invitations for sports sent or received by the member. Once a pending activity
is accepted, it becomes a scheduled activity. The scheduled activity lists the
buddy's username, time, date, place and other specifics. The messages box lists
all messages received from the buddyup.com administrator or other users. The
internal messaging protects privacy while allowing communication among members
beyond the invitation process. After a scheduled activity is completed, the
optional evaluation provides anonymous ratings of 1 to 3 stars on skill and
reliability. Once 3 separate ratings are received, the average rating is displayed
in the member's profile.
The search feature allows a registered user to search by sport, availability,
skill, and distance. A list is produced of up to 50 buddyup.com members in the
user's home region meeting the search criteria. A click on the username produces
the buddy's profile. A click within the profile sets up an invitation.
We have restricted members to targeted areas so we can focus our effort and
resources. That way members in the targeted regions have a concentration of
potential buddies with similar interests. Eventually, buddyup will be offered
in the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas and who knows, maybe even internationally.
If you currently live in or around a U.S. city that is not available, please
pre-register and we will notify you when we offer
buddyup's services in your area.
If you have suggestions on how to improve our site, areas to cover, activities
to add or any other aspect of our service, please send us an email.