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A New App That Helps You Avoid People

by Ben Olson

A new app is aiming to take the “social” out of social media.  Unlike most social networking apps, Cloak helps you avoid your "friends".  The program uses location data from Instagram and Foursquare to figure out who’s nearby that you might know.  You can flag people you really don’t want to see, and Cloak will warn you when you come within a certain range of each other.  The app’s developers believe society is nearing social networking critical mass, and that this is only the beginning of so-called anti-social networks.  Ironically, Cloak also sounds like a good way to be creepy and stalk people.