Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: That social networking sites like Orkut and MySpace have made the world boundary-less is well known.Infusion of innovation into the concept was all it took for a group of college pass-outs to get beyond social networking. Through their project,, the youngsters have customised the concept to bind neighbourhood friendships online.

Mainly focussing on connecting people, interests and locality, Areapal also acts as a virtual bridge between different cities/areas for people to find friends and help them in getting to know people of a particular area even before shifting there. And people living elsewhere will continue to have ‘at home’ feeling through a virtual connect with events and happenings in the neighbourhood.

“We are still probing and adding more interesting concepts,” says its co-founder K. Kaviraj, who is confident of networking the entire country area-wise through the active participation of students. Having successfully launched the project in Chennai, the group has readied the database for Tiruchi. Coimbatore is next.

The purpose is to create a platform for physical convergence of people with common interests in neighbourhoods. Four students of NIT – Tiruchi: Navin Kumar, Arun, Amir and Balakrishnan, have volunteered to give technical support to the Areapal team. Areapal initially started off with a couple of interested designers designing an interface. Students from CEG, MIT, SRM and other institutions came together to code the concept, and MBA students of Great Lakes and LIBA are into the task of sharpening the strategy.