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Over the past decade we've been getting close; real close. But has our desire to be absolutely interconnected everywhere, all the time, finally got too much? The emergence of a new app called Cloak suggests so. Thanks to Cloak, you can now avoid that guy or girl you never called back, mad relatives and people with severe conversation deficiences.
The "anti-social network" uses information from check-ins on networks like Foursquare or Instagram and sounds the alarm whenever undesirables breach a preset radius. Cloak was created by developers Brian Moore and Chris Baker, who told the Washington Post: "Personally, I think we’ve seen the crest of the big social network. Things like Twitter and Facebook are packed elevators where we’re all crammed in together... I think anti-social stuff is on the rise. You’ll be seeing more and more of these types of projects."
Baker has created misanthropic apps in the past, namely Unbaby Me, an app that blocks any pictures of your Facebook friends' babies from your feed. Another of Baker's creations, Hate With Friends, helps you determine whether or not you and a mutual friend actually completely dislike each other.
So as we get closer and closer to each other, is the reality that we want to be further and further apart? Have we hated each other all along? Or do we just hate the ol' "stop and chat"? If so, feel free to download Cloak here.
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