Cloak app helps you avoid your friends
There are countless social apps that help you connect with friends. Some even have location-based functionality showing where your social networking contacts are, usually making it easier for meet up.
But what about those awkward moments that you would rather avoid, like bumping into an ex-boyfriend or work buddy during a night out? That is the idea behind the new “antisocial app” called Cloak which is only available to iOS at the moment.
It uses data from your friends’ social networking activity to pinpoint their location, plotting them on a map that also shows your current location. You would be able to steer clear of them if you want to.
“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,” describes Cloak in its App Store description.
Co-creator Brian Moore developed the app after he inadvertently bumped into his ex-girlfriend four times in a period of six months. Together with Chris Baker, the duo spent the last eight months developing the app. “We wanted to put this out there and see how people took to it – and the response has been overwhelming. We posted the app to Facebook on Monday morning and since then, we’ve added over 100,000 users and hit the top 50 of the App store.”
However, Cloak’s usefulness is dependant on those two social networks and how active your friends are checking in. Two largest services, Facebook and Twitter are not included, but Cloak says it will be adding more social networks in the future, although Twitter will not be one of them. Twitter’s location data is too vague, according to Cloak’s App Store listing.