THE (ANTI) SOCIAL APP
The first app especially developed to help avoid people, Cloak will keep you away from exes, co-workers and chatty acquaintances
NEWS In this era of social media and GPS, we’ve been granted every imaginable technical innovation for tracking each other down: we constantly know where people are living, travelling, planning to go, or currently ‘checking in.’ All this information appeals to our innate human impulse to connect with one another, but what about our other innate human impulse: wanting to avoid one another at all costs?
At last, the hermit in each of us is being explicitly catered for. Cloak, a new smartphone app (which dubs itself, perfectly, as ‘Incognito mode for real life’), links to your Instagram and Foursquare accounts, and exposes the location of your acquaintances on a map, so you never need to run into anyone again! Unless you want to, of course, in which case you can make a beeline for them and perhaps find, to your horror, that their little avatar starts making a swift getaway.