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Tin It Or Bin It – 13 January 2012 – Stranger danger?
This week we are looking at an app called Situationist, which apparently aims to create extra-ordinary situations in your everyday life. Sounds exciting but it is quite a big claim to follow through on.
The app uses geo-location and looks to make your every day life more exciting and random by alerting you to other user’s proximity and encourages members to interact with each other in unpredictable situations. The situations can vary from things like hugs, compliments, scare tactics, or even…revolutions. Users upload their photo and pick the situations they want from a list, knowing that those choices might then occur anywhere, and at any time.
It’s certainly intriguing but possibly not for the right reasons. Stalker tool perhaps…?
One of the visionaries behind the app, Ben Carey states that this is the complete opposite of what they are fighting against: “When the media deliberately demonise strangers as paedophiles, stalkers or terrorists, it is time to fight back and reconnect with our fellow citizens and human beings”.
This idea is certainly great in theory but when you look closer, it really just boils down to strangers doing random things to you.
Despite the best intentions this app is just plain weird and that’s why it’s probably banned from the app store. This is a BIN IT.