Cosmunity, the first social marketplace for geeks, launches its mobile application today for iOS and Android.
New app Cosmunity enhances the fandom experience by providing a geek community that includes social interactions, media sharing, event planning, and buying and selling of items. Clearly inspired by other social media, Cosmunity is all about pop culture. Whether you are a fan of anime, gaming, comics, board games, or steampunk cosplay, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
The app’s focus is on socializing, but it also supports and encourages fan creations by providing a really interesting platform to both buy and sell items and services. These are its key features:
Embracing the geek community
Cosmunity is surprisingly similar to other social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram. In fact, if you’re an avid social media user, you will already be more than familiarized with the ‘Feed’ and ‘Activity’ sections. Posts can even include hashtags and mentions, and you can also double tap on the feed to Like other posts. Even if you’re not too familiar with social media, Cosmunity is really intuitive and easy to use from the get-go. While it certainly offers many different options, it never feels like it’s unnecessarily cluttered.
Once you sign up (the options are either email or Facebook), you can add your interests (figurines, sci-fi, board games, celebs…), and start following other people right away. You will be able to see your friends’ last updates in the Feed, or check your mentions in Activity. You can also open new chat groups to talk with others about the latest movie trailers, or even start cosplay groups in your area.
CEO and co-founder Cole Egger explains that the idea was born after attending several Comic Con events, and realizing that there was a missing piece in the puzzle. “Let’s face it – we all have an inner geek and are fanatical fans of something. So why isn’t there a place where the community can all connect with like-minded individuals? After attending several Comic Con events, we realized
there was a major missing piece to the puzzle”.
Sell your items, or buy other fans’ creations
Sites like Etsy and RedBubble have made it really easy for fans who create fandom merchandise to sell their goods, be it geek tees or fan jewelry. This is one of the features that Cosmunity has decided to add to its app, and it might as well be its best one.
The app allows users to easily buy and sell their pop-culture related goods and services. At the moment, the variety of items available on the platform ranges from $5 to $38,000. Partnerships with craftsmen, artists, and retailers offer a unique shopping experience in which users can even purchase one-of-a-kind items and collectibles that they wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the web. Some of these items include cosplay costumes, prints, comic books, props, artwork, and more.
Sellers can create their own listing including photos and/or videos (from the camera or gallery), categories for buying (props, tech, jewelry…), the price, and whether the shipment is free or not. Cosmunity integrates PayPal and AfterShip to ensure all transactions are tracked and handled securely. Sellers can be rated with a 5-star system, and buyers can also share their purchases in their profile section.
Schedule and plan events
Any geek knows that events like conventions are one of the highlights of the fan experience. In fact, Cosmunity was born from that idea:
“When the convention ended and the dust had settled, we heard grumblings of what many called ‘Post-Con Depression.’ Everyone was bummed that they had to leave their community until the next event. We created Cosmunity to solve that.” – Cole Egger
For this, Cosmunity also features an Events tab where users can track local and/or popular events, as well as chat with other attendees. You can also start your own event, and the process works in a similar way to Facebook’s event option.
The app has an especially active presence at industry events across the United States, including their sponsorship of Steve Wozniak’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (April 21-23, 2017, California). Cosmunity is also currently sponsoring a contest for users to win $1,000, as well as two free tickets to a convention of their choice. If you’re interested in entering the sweepstakes, all you need to do is sharing a Cosmunity post on a second social network using the #cosmunity hashtag.
The only downside of the Events tab is that, as it usually happens in the beginning stages, the database is still a bit short when it comes to events outside of the US. However, it is to be expected that event listings will continue to grow as more international users join the community, and new opportunities arise.
From an aesthetic point of view, Cosmunity features a comic-style feed, as well as a cool-looking galactic background. These visual aspects emphasize the fannish feel of the app, making the user experience as geeky as it is comfy.
Cosmunity is free and it’s now available to download for both iOS and Android.