Does human interaction make you want to crawl under a pile of pillows? Then the app Cloak is perfect for you — While most social media apps focus on helping you get closer to your friends, Cloak uses location data to make it easier for you to avoid your connections.
Created by Chris Baker and Brian Moore, both advertising professionals, Cloak pulls data from Foursquare and Instagram and lets users know when a person of interest is nearby, anywhere from two miles to one block away. Individuals will show up on the Cloak map in bubbles, which fade away after two hours, and disappear completely after four.
“It worked out exactly as I had planned,” Baker said. According to Cloak’s description on iTunes, users can “avoid exes, co-workers, that guy who likes to stop and chat, anyone you’d rather not run into.” By flagging certain people, users get warning messages from Cloak when the undesirables are within a certain range.
So, To prevent any unwanted abuse of your location information, lock down your privacy settings and don’t share your whereabouts unless you’re comfortable with people knowing exactly where you are.
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