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‘Flippie’ to combine work and play for social media users

06:00 07 July 2015

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A social media start-up which aims to rival the likes of Facebook and LinkedIn says it has won a significant investment ahead of its autumn launch.

Entrepreneur Kieran Roper has secured the cash to help design, build and market Flippie, which already has thousands of people signed up.

The 30-year-old, from Westerfield, near Ipswich, and dubbed as Suffolk’s answer to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, will unveil the platform during University Fresher’s Weeks across the country.

However, he believes other social groups will also be keen to get on board.

“Flippie allows users to seamlessly flip between two online profiles – a work and a play mode – on a single screen,” he said. “It’s a bit like having all the best bits of existing social media sites in one place.”

The system will have the capability to store unlimited images and videos like Instagram, display status updates and share information like Facebook and allow for real-time interaction like Twitter and Snapchat.

Kieran was given funding by the Princes Trust for a golf caddy invention when he was 18. The best thing about Flippie is its ability to separate work and play, he says.

17 comments

  • Why can't people just be happy for people to be successful or at least try an idea!! I would love to know what you do for a job for you to have so much time on your hands to hate others so much?? Do you have Daddy issues or do you not have friends? If so you obviously need Flippie in your life ( actually get a life 1st)!!

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    Haters gonna hate

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Copying what has gone before is the route to failure. Facebook, Snapchat etc, all new ideas. Flippie ( horrible name too, sounds like a childs toy), just an amalgam of old ideas.

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    BoBoBolinski

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • The world does need more enthusiasm! Look at Olaf the snowman from Frozen.....he dreams of experiencing the summer heat. Most people find his naivety endearing and funny but are doubtful about the idea - not because they are jealous or bitter but because they believe that it just won't work. I wouldn't put my money into Flippie unless I had guarantees of magical help from a Disney ice princess. Good luck Flippie! Save Olaf!

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    Fly Swatter

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Hi 'Lucy', Fly Swatter is my real name - you may call me Mrs Swatter. I know Keiran through work and play and I'd like to find a way of flipping between the two but so far I've been a non successful succeeder - ie unsuccessful. Maybe Keiran has secured investment by presenting a viable business plan to a serious investor? I hope it didn't involve pleading for more pocket money which was given so he is kept busy and out of mischief.....yesterday I spent a couple of pounds on a dog toy to prevent the furniture being chewed up. Good luck Flippie! Save the furniture!

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    Fly Swatter

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Definition of Sarcasm may be required here also.. And believe or not we have bitterness: 1. harsh or bitter derision or irony. 2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark:

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    Lucy

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Hi ' Fly Swatter ' ..if that is your real name !? How is it you know Kieran Roper ? 1: jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself. Now I think there's a wee bit of jealousy here. To why else would you go to the trouble of coming on here to be doubtful. Good luck Flippie ..And keep on coming up with ideas ! Christ the world needs enthusiasm

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    Lucy

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Good luck to him and I hope it becomes bigger than facebook. I made a light-hearted comment and other comments have suggested that doubters are only doubtful because they are jealous. I just don't think it will work. I'm not jealous that he has "secured investment", I just don't think it will work. I believe Mark Zuckerberg has just announced he is shutting down facebook. He made the decision after reading this article and was overheard saying "What's the point?"

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    Fly Swatter

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • Can't see why people need to be so nasty about it? If you don't like it, don't join. Best of luck to him!

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    Mike Rotch

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • What am I to be jealous of? A business card? I like to watch programmes on netflix and videos on youtube so I've come up with a website where you can watch either from a single screen! It's called youflix and the best thing about it is the ability to separate work and play. I also like to buy goods on amazon and ebay so I've come up with a website where you can use either from a single screen! It's called ebazon and the best thing about it is the ability to separate work and play.

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    Fly Swatter

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • I agree with Lucy. This guy has secured investment which shows that someone is taking him and his idea extremely seriously. Sounds like he has successfully invented things before too, even getting funding from the Princes Trust at 18! If you ask me, he has more "get up and go" than the average 30 year old and it's very, very foolish of anyone to dismiss his idea as having "zero chance". Sounds a lot like jealousy to me. I have just signed up and the site looks fantastic. Top marks Kieran - ignore all the idiots. Suffolk should be supporting its home grown talent. And don't forget - you will be the one laughing when you have a multi-million pound social networking empire!! Good luck mate.

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    MacRose

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • You'll always have non successful succeeders ..prey on the fortunate im affraid Kieran. Its called jealousy & bitterness ! If all entrepreneurs didnt take risks they wouldnt be entrepreneurs .. and there fore we wouldnt have half the products or services which we do now. Looking forward to having something new..! Love the name and branding. Tricky market ..but hey who knows, Could be like the Myspace to Facebook move :) Good Luck ! you have my vote

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    Lucy

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • This "entrepreneur" will have a floppy on his hands.

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    Fly Swatter

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Hey GetFlipper... is the USP the ability to separate work and play by flipping between 2 online profiles, one for business and one for social? I already do this: LinkedIn for business and Facebook for social. They are different groups of people that I want to keep separate and the best way to do this is via separate networks. Its easy to tap the LinkedIn app button on my phone to access business or the facebook app button on my phone to access social - the key USP of Flipper is not solving any problems for me... But kudos for what you are trying to achieve and maybe I am missing something not explained in this article. Hey, who knows, maybe in a years time my claim to fame will be this conversation with "Suffolks answer to Mark Zuckerberg"?

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    andy

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • So Andy apart from this one article , I take it your aware of Flippie's USP ? Also tell me the difference from MySpace to Facebook in its early days? ps you can't predict or be sure of the outcome. But merely guess. And your background is ??

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    GetFlippie

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • The reason why facebook, linkedin, snapchat, instagram and twitter are successful is because each has a USP - Flippie's approach of copying all of them with a "we do everything" approach is destined to fail.

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    andy

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • The same was said about Snapchat ..Facebook & quite a few others BoBoBolinski But hey ! Guess you predicted the out come of those also

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    GetFlippie

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Zero chance of success I'm afraid.

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    BoBoBolinski

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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