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by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
First off let me say, dream come true! Finally, an app that will actually help me every day of my life. Sorry, but sometimes there are just certain people that I do not want to run into or have to interact with. It’s nothing personal, I'm just pretty anti-social. Seriously, there is not one person on this planet that can honestly say that there is no one they could do without seeing at Target (there's nothing worse than being caught off guard by an ex). Well, as it just so happens, there is one man out there who understands the turbulence of these encounters. There is one man who cares enough about his fellow human beings to develop an app that helps you avoid these awkward situations. So without further adieu, let me be the first to introduce you to Cloak, the app of invisibility.
Anyways, enough patronage, here's how the app works. After you download it, you connect it with your Foursquare and/or Instagram account (with more social media linkage to be expected in the near future). After connecting, it is able to track your “friends” by their most recent check-ins and displays them on a map. Now, if there are certain people in particular you are worried about running into, you can “flag” them, and you will receive an alert when they are within a certain preset radius.
Pretty much just like the app “Find My Friends”, but with a pretty sadistic yet glorious twist. The creator of the app, Chris Baker, a former Buzzfeed creative director, seems to have a habit of creating useful, although “misanthropic” apps. He's the same genius who developed the app that hides all your friends baby pictures in your Facebook news feed. Is it too early to nominate this guy for a Nobel Prize? He's got my vote.
Original story via [ Washington Post, Total Sorority Move ]
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