3 Social Media Startups to Watch In Chicago

February 25, 2016

4:09 pm

According to the Pew Research Center as of July 2015, 76 percent of adults and 90 percecnt of young adults online use social networking websites and applications. Over the past decade, social media has continued to grow and evolve, along with the amount of people who are using it.

It is highly believed that the millennial generation will lead society into a new world of information-sharing and personal disclosure using new sources of media. Social networks have become an exceptionally crucial part of Millennials’ everyday lives on the Internet. According to DigitalTrends, people in the United States check their social media accounts an average of 17 times per day.

Although Facebook dominates in social media, there are many other platforms for users to share their ideas, get their news, and connect with others. There are a few particular social media startups from Chicago to keep your eye on:


BackSpace is a social networking mobile application that allows users to post photos, videos, and thoughts. The catch: everything that the user shares with their community completely disappears after 24 hours, so nothing will last forever on Backspace. As your friends “like” your posts, time is added to the lifespan of the post, leaving the most popular posts up longer on the platform.

The application was created from the idea that everybody should be able to express themselves on the internet, without having to worry about it being there forever. People tend to hold back from what they really want to post because they believe that once something is on the internet, it is on the internet forever.

In mid-January, Backspace was at 800 users and growing! If you don’t want to have to worry about what you’re posting on the internet- download BackSpace today. It is currently available for iPhone, but will be coming to Android soon.


Nusiki is a social network that lets people share their favorite music, with their favorite people. Nusiki allows users to follow their friends, post their favorite songs, discover new music, and quickly create playlists.

There are many different ways for music lovers to discover and listen to music, but more difficult to share what they’re listening to. Before Nusiki, there was no centralized platform for music sharing. The founders of Nusiki noticed that users will share their music across 5-6 different feeds. Sharing YouTube videos to Facebook, or sharing SoundCloud music through text message. The Nusiki app allows people to share their music with their friends in one place.

Download Nusiki to see what your friends and people around you are listening to! The app is available on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.


Eevzdrop is a location-based network that gives people real-time insight from places they are visiting. Instead of a user following their interests or friends, Eevzdrop’s users follow places and locations. It is ultimately a platform for users to broadcast their experiences in the moment.

Interested in knowing how busy a bar or restaurant you’re heading to is? Simply open up the app and see what the 140-character messages from people at that location are saying. The app not only benefits consumers, but it aims to benefit businesses by giving business owners another outlet to evaluate the experiences of their current customers.

Eevzdrop was founded in 2012, and is currently available in Apple’s App store for download. According to Crains Chicago, within a year after launching the app was downloaded over 5000 times.

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Marketing Manager at Codal, blogger, and technology + startup enthusiast. Codal is a global software design and development agency, headquartered in Chicago. Jenna is passionate about the world of tech, and strives to add to its richness.

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