Social media is more popular than ever. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest each have millions upon millions of users. One of the key similarities of these services is the ability to share your location with family, friends and even people you don’t even know. So what do you do when you’re out and about and you run into one of those people? Do you stay and chat even though you really don’t want to? Do you wish you could have seen them coming so you could avoid them? Well the makers of a new app called “Cloak” aims to help you avoid those real life social network encounters.
Cloak scrapes Instagram and Foursquare to let you know where all your friends, “friends,” and nonfriends are at all times so you never have to run into that special someone. Think of it as the antisocial network.
So basically Cloak takes your friends locations from Instagram and Foursquare and alerts you when one of them is near your location, giving you time to bail or keep an eye out for them. Of course this will only work if your friends have Instagram or Foursquare and if they’re sharing their location. The makers of Cloak are also thinking of using Facebook location data for future releases. The idea sounds interesting but there are a lot of variables that need to be in place for the service to work for you. At any rate, if indeed you’re seeking to avoid people on those two social networks, give Cloak a go and let us know what you think of it. It’s available for iOS on the app store logo below. Developers are considering an Android release as well. What do you think of Cloak? Is there a market for an app like this? Would you even consider using it? Or does it even really matter? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Source: Franchise Herald