With the invention and advancement of email, texting, Skype, FaceTime, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking technology, you'd think that it would be easier to keep in touch with the people you care about. Turns out, it’s not that easy. When someone is not constantly in your life, the sad reality is that they're out of sight and out of mind. You don't mean for it to be this way. Work gets stressful. You get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities and before you know it, it's been months since you've talked to an old college friend or a close family member.
University of Illinois Chicago grad and India native Manan Rokani, realized he had this same problem and decided to do something about it. On his 30th birthday, after receiving dozens of messages from friends and family, Rokani realized he had let important relationships fade and began searching for an app to help remind him to keep in touch.
“I couldn’t find one,” he said. “I tried to set reminders on my phone to call certain people, but it was such a tedious process and it just wasn’t effective. So I built one myself, and the result is Bond.”
Recently featured by Product Hunt, Bond is a simple app that allows users to keep in tough with the people they care about. After downloading, users can choose the contacts they want to keep in touch with, what method of communication they want to use and how often they want to be reminded. When Bond sends an alert, users have the option to call that person right away or send text and Facebook messages directly from the app, helping to eliminate the temptation to procrastinate.
Rokani said the app is also helpful for keeping in touch with those abroad. Users can save international numbers, as well as calling card numbers with access codes, and Bond will save the information on speed dial, allowing users to call international numbers without all of the tedious steps.
Bond is only available on the iPhone, but Rokani said they are working on expanding to Android users. The team is also looking into adding LinkedIn and email as a method of communication so users can keep in touch with their professional networks.
“We’re in the beginning phase, still trying to get the word out about Bond,” Rokani said. “But so far, we’ve gotten very positive feedback.”