With any luck, Hartwick College could be the alma mater of the world’s next Mark Zuckerberg.
Like Zuckerberg, Patrick Thompson, 24, developed a social media website in his sophomore year of college. For Zuckerberg, it was Facebook and for Thompson, it was MAD2.
Thompson, of Candor, said he got the idea for the social media website as a sophomore at Hartwick, majoring in economics and business administration and minoring in political science and finance. Thompson, who graduated from Hartwick in 2012, said his educational experience at the college encouraged him to take on the endeavor.
The purpose of MAD2, Thompson said, is to provide a social platform where people with similar interests and hobbies can connect.
But the website, which went live Nov. 1, is not just for socializing, Thompson said. It also helps people track down all kinds of relevant information on a particular topic of interest, he said. Members of the website, which is free to join, can buy or sell products, promote and find events and jobs, share videos, write articles and find local stores related to their specific topic of interest or hobby.
“Everything about a topic on one website,” Thompson said.
Thompson, who was on Hartwick’s soccer team all four years and was team captain his senior year, is particularly interested in sports, he said. An individual such as Thompson might be interested in finding a local store that sells rare soccer jerseys. MAD2 could lead him to such a store, Thompson said.
Thompson said the topics that are currently available to explore on MAD2 are: alpine ski, atv, basketball, beer, bmx, dirt bike, garden, golf, motorcycle, mountain bike, Nordic ski, photography, quilting, road bike, running, snowboard, soccer, swim, tennis and triathlon.
Thompson’s girlfriend of nearly eight years, Whitney Stephens, said Thompson has devoted a great deal of money and time to the project. She said he has been laying plans for the website with his uncle, Mark Dixson, for more than two years.