NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A new social networking website, Bumped.in, offers travelers the chance to find out who is traveling with them, discover common interests, and make connections by digitally reaching out to the people around them to start in-person conversations. Additionally, Bumped.in offers real-time travel information, so that passengers and commuters can receive the latest status updates and transit alerts on everything from delays to travel tips. The service is free.
Founded by Kiran Patel, a frequent commuter, Bumped.in is tailor-made for people who spend many hours of their days traveling and would like to spend more time connecting with fellow passengers and less time doing Sudoku puzzles. According to founder Kiran, Bumped.in fulfills several key needs.
"I wanted to create the site to allow people to tap into the massive resource pool of commuters traveling in close proximity to one another. Maybe you see someone you'd like to go on a date with on the train. Maybe the guy sitting next to you on your flight is looking for a data analyst and you're a data analyst looking for a job. It could also be as simple as passing helpful travel tips on to the next passenger. The possibilities are really endless."
Bumped.in is compatible with all major airlines, and many major rail routes, including New York's MTA, NJ Transit, Chicago's CTA, San Francisco's BART and AMTRAK. The service also offers users the options of integrating their Bumped.in profiles with their existing social networking profiles. A Bumped.in iPhone app is in development and scheduled to launch within the next two months.