Out there, a lot of social apps and sites. It is not possible to keep track of all of them as they are in enormous numbers. Both students and professionals alike are in luck because they can count on one such app, giving them latest news, updates and real time information of nearby incidents.
Say hello to Wildfire.
Wildfire app – what is it?
Wildfire was created by four graduates and alumni of University of California – Berkeley. They are: Hriday Kemburu (The Founder and CEO), Vinay Ramesh (Business Lead), Jay Patel and Tim Hyon (Technology Leads) respectively.
Hriday Kemburu came up with Wildfire’s idea in 2015 when he was nearly mugged outside of the library of University of California – Berkeley. Two men wearing ski masks had jumped on him, but he escaped the area unharmed and later informed the campus police who acted accordingly.
He had posted about the incident on Facebook. However, he wanted to reach everyone in the University and all students were outside of his social circle. Though his post did get the needed views, but it did not reach everyone. There were limits on social media apps and messenger app sites which is the main reason he could not reach everyone.
He then worked together with his friends, he then created Wildfire. The app is quite convenient for school & university campuses (Recently graduated professionals can also use it with ease). It gives them notifications about any happenings, events and incidents in their local areas.
When users download the app, it will ask them the following:
- The person’s first and last name.
- The person’s pronouns.
- Their age.
- The person’s graduation date.
- Their university email if they are a student.
- The user’s phone number.
- Turning on the notifications and location from Wildfire menu.
- Otherwise, they can use the ‘Not in College’ option.
- It also asks users to make a username and add a display picture.
Upon completion of download, the app offers them 4 options namely: Home, Directory, Alerts, Profile and Activity.
When did Wildfire’s development start?
The idea for the Wildfire app came in 2015 when Hriday Kemburu encountered muggers outside the main library of University of California – Berkeley. After informing the campus police, he then posted about it on Facebook.
His post did get the needed views, but he was not able to reach everyone. Since he was not friends with everyone in the University, he desired a platform where he could inform everyone in the University about such incidents.
Despite posting on various student groups on Facebook, he was still unable to get everyone informed about the incident because not everyone was checking their social media feeds. He wanted everyone to know about what he faced.
Upon realizing the lack of a clear and effective way in spreading real-time updates within the local community, the founders decided to come up with an app informing people in their local communities. Thus, it resulted in creation of Wildfire.
Why is it named Wildfire?
The app’s creators named it like that because it was designed to spread news and notifications faster than anything. Wildfire is available on both Android and iOS and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Can official accounts of Wildfire be verified?
Any journalist, law enforcement office/agent, state official or anyone of designation needing verification about certain users can email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org with the needed details. The company will cooperate and will thus provide the necessary information without hesitation.
Is there a likelihood of Wildfire getting used wrongly?
The likelihood of it getting used wrongly is uncertain. From one end, the app looks spectacular but from the other end, it might be an endless game of Californication. There is uncertainty regarding the fact that whether Wildfire can be used to create panic. Up till now, there has been no incident of the app being wrongly used.
However, skeptics of wildfire are growing in numbers.
Wildfire is regulated by its creators. They are always open to working with law enforcement agencies if something does go out of hand. Thankfully, there have been no bad incidents regarding Wildfire. Everyone hopes that Wildfire remains a good app and is not wrongly used.
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