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Roometrics: roommate apps graduate to the the real world

Roommates take all kinds!  Big Brother VI housemates Saskia Howard Clarke and Maxwell Ward are reunited to sign copies of 'Big Brother: Access All Areas' at Waterstone's Piccadilly on August 25, 2005 in London, England
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Roommate apps for college students sound like a dream come true for those who suffered through bad roommate experiences in college. But what if there were some easier way for roommates to find compatible people, and sort out some of the crazies? Roometrics solves just that problem for the real world, and it's free!

Finding roommates can be tricky. Sometimes people decide to be roommates thinking a friend of a friend might be a good match. But friends often lead incompatible lives once they are living together. Sometimes the results can be disastrous. Others might go through channels such as Facebook, Craigslist, or even classified ads with a local newspaper in hopes of finding suitable roommates.

It seems everyone can think of a situation that was meant to be great, but wasn't. Sometimes the reasons were seemingly stupid. Others were major issues like being stolen from, not paying the rent on time, or if the roommates should actually be friends who hang out together.

Roommetrics was founded by Andy Rahman, who came up with the personality and compatibility tests, and William Tran who has some experience in the higher education world of college admissions. The team behind Roometrics explained, "Users are given a link which they can share with potential roommates they find on services like Craigslist. On the site, users can see how well they match overall with a person as well lifestyle and personality. The answers users give for questions are NOT shared with anyone and are simply used to generate compatibility scores."

Breaking it down to a score definitely makes it less embarrassing and certainly saves time. Rather than meeting with a few people to find someone who fits based on a 15 minute interview, one can just take a relatively short quiz and compare scores. Someone might make a rule of meeting only people have a certain minimum score.

On their blog, they emphasize that it only take about 6 minutes to sign up for the service. So, I decided to test that. It took 7 minutes for the email confirmation. In addition to the basic questions, when you click on a person's profile to see if they are compatible, they field you additional questions about your personality style which take another few minutes. In all, it actually took about 25 minutes to sign up if it took time to think about the answers and formulate a short profile about myself. It felt a lot like a dating profile.

In all, the app might save time, if the other person is willing to also go through the questions. The trouble I can see is that the more I recover from my injuries, the more I will want to and be able to move and be active. Like eHarmony, I don't see a mechanism to change my responses. And some of the responses were limiting, like limiting hobbies to just 10. In urban areas, in particular, people have a wide variety of interests and might engage in all of them from time to time.

Luckily, I don't really need a roommate in the near future, though most of the people I clicked on were considered to be largely compatible with me. According to the help menu, the goal is to go for the green bars, consider the possibility of blue and yellow bars with some caution, but avoid those who fall in the red. Keeping in mind that no one is perfect, a score of 50% means that it's 50% likely that someone will be a good match for you. Since specific answers aren't shared, it's still advisable to to take another look at someone's profile, as well as meet in person.

Once a roommate is found, one simply removes the profile under "account info." This isn't easily obvious. Hopefully more real world people will turn to apps to help them find a roommate, thus increasing the chances of finding a compatible roommate.

The company was founded in Los Angeles, and service is currently offered only in California. Please visit their website at and see if their service is a fit for you. They also have a link to ask them to set up in your city.

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