Launched by Form Four students from Kenya’s Alliance High School, Tom Osborn and Ian Oluoch, The Kenya Teen Connect (KTC) allows Kenyan teenagers to connect and challenge themselves.
The site not only has the social networking experience but also allows users to
showcase their talent in art, music and writing among many others.
The site also has an educative touch through its online interactive quizzes, access to past papers through eMasomo, a education web portal by students from the same school with educative videos, discussion forums, and user’s blogs.
To sign in, users go to www.kenyateenconnect.com, use their email addresses, choose a suitable password or use their Facebook accounts to log in.
According to the founders, Kenya Teen Connect (KTC) allows Kenyan teenagers to share and showcase their talent with the rest of Kenya. They can also make friends, update their status share photos and videos, instant message as well create and manage both groups and pages just like on Facebook.
However, KTC also allows users to create and manage their own blogs and showcase their talent in music, art and writing. Under art, users can create art albums and upload artwork as photos. In music,users will create their own albums and upload their music that other users will be able to listen to online and rate. The music will also battle it out in a music chart while in writing, users cane use blogs and pages to share their work.
They add that KTC has a dedicated learning centre with online interactive quizzes, learning forums and through out partner site, eMasomo, which allows users to download past exam papers. It also has competitions for users to check their knowledge on some topics and earn points.
The founders, Ian Oluoch and Tom Olouch hope to be Computer Engineers some day.
Finding the first teenage social network in Kenya is great, however, the team might find it hard to keep off mature users who are dominantly on Facebook.