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Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are spreading a buzz of excitement across campus about Zimride, a new social rideshare program.

Zimride is a simple way to find friends, classmates and coworkers going to the same destination. Combining social networks and proprietary route-matching algorithm, it is easy to share the seats in ones car or catch a ride. Zimride empowers individuals to create social, sustainable and convenient transportation.

By embracing ridesharing as a social activity, Facebook allows users a platform for rich social context to connect and establish trust.  Zimriders are able to view profiles for common networks, interests and friends before deciding to share a ride.

According to student Korin Franklin, finding a trustworthy Zimrider is not that difficult at all.

“Zimride was super easy to use and matched me up right away with dozens of potential rides. I’ve met some awesome new people around campus while reducing my carbon footprint all at the same time,” said Franklin. “The best part is that it’s safe; only people from my campus network can see my information. I’ve been recommending Zimride to everyone I know!”

Fellow student Serena Knowles also shares the same excitement about her Zimride experience.

“I usually drive home alone and have a hard time paying for the gas,” said Knowles. “There were a lot of people who wanted a ride close to where I was going, and they were all willing to pitch in for gas!”

According to the UW Oshkosh Zimride portal there are currently over 500 active users and over 200 active ride postings. On average, each posting receives nine matches of potential Zimriders.

For more information regarding Zimride at UW Oshkosh, please visit www.zimride.uwosh.edu.

Kate Unger, Reeve Memorial Union, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.

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