It's a lonely, disappointed, and sometimes all too familiar feeling for a pickup baller: Shoes laced tight, jump-shot warmed up, game-face on...but just empty blacktop and not another player in sight.
The app InfiniteHoops, however, wants to make sure you never have to live through such trauma again.
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Originally launched as a barebones $0.99 iPhone app last year, a revamped and free version of InfiniteHoops hit iTunes Tuesday morning (if the App Store were the NBA, you might say it's a candidate for the Most Improved Player award). The app is a searchable online database and community network for pickup basketball players looking to organize games, find partners to play with or check in on the status of a regular run.
"I like to think of InfiniteHoops as an intersection between your digital life and sports," founder Tosh Meston tells Mashable.
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With the new-and-improved app, users can set up geo-fence notifications that let them know when they've entered the vicinity of a registered pickup game at a nearby park or gym. Users can also join pickup game groups to message other users and RSVP for games as well as view other group member's RSVPs for a given game and time.
Meston launched InfiniteHoops as a website in 2003 to organize games at Microsoft, where he worked at the time. He says the site has so far attracted 29,000 users who have formed 9,000 groups in every state and 100 countries. He says he knows of an active group in Malaysia and got feedback from one American user who used the app to find a pickup game in Madrid while traveling in Spain.
Currently a development manager for MySpace, Meston is bootstrapping InfiniteHoops himself and says in-app advertisements are a monetization possibility down the line but that for now he wants to simply focus on adding more users and guaranteeing a positive experience.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.