Partied app to be tested in Steamboat

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— Every person has been there.

It’s the weekend, and what’s there to do? Where are things happening? Where should the group go?

Drew Stachnik might have the answer.

Stachnik, who has spent years living in Steamboat and Denver, rolled out an app he thinks conquers all those problems, while helping businesses and venues promote themselves.

On Jan. 20, Stachnik and his partners unveiled the iPhone app Partied.

It’s a simple, yet unique idea.

“It’s a photo app for night life,” Stachnik said. “We want people to be more social with their media. You’re taking photos when you go out, and you’re promoting the venues you’re at. Other people can see and know where the hottest spots are.”

The app is easy to use. First, users download the app on their phones. The city where the user is checking in comes up on the screen with a listing of bars in the area. Users can then click on a select business or venue and see pictures that people there have uploaded.

The pictures are available for only three hours.

Since launching, the app is in 15 countries, and Stachnik said more than 4,800 venues are featured. Stachnik said he has spent the past several years working on the app and working out all the kinks associated with it.

It’s not completely done — he hopes to have an Android version out by May — but he’s hoping to launch it in Steamboat Springs as a test market.

He said he was hoping people would use it for St. Patrick’s Day, with the pub crawl atmosphere surrounding the holiday.

Stachnik came up with the idea for the app after shooting photos at events in the past. He said it typically would take a day or two to get the photos online. People would ask him about it, and the idea was born.

“Now, you can do that all in real time,” he said.

The app, though, isn’t just a user-generated platform. He said one unexpected benefit in metro areas has been businesses using it to show they have a crowd or a good atmosphere.

Although Partied hasn’t fully taken off yet, Stachnik thinks the idea has legs to expand.

“If it works well enough in Steamboat, which it could, it would work everywhere,” he said.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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