Avoid Bumping into Friends You Don’t Like With This New App

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Picture this: you broke up with your psycho ex-boyfriend a couple months ago and are doing everything you can to not get near him. You’re out with your friends and decide to stop by a bar for drinks. You walk in and guess who is there- yes, your psycho ex-boyfriend who is most likely going to cry all night about you leaving him and convince you to take him back.

Well thanks to a new social network, you can now avoid awkward situations like this. Cloak is an app that uses location data from your social networks to show you where your friends are so that you can make sure you don’t bump into them.

As of now, Cloak can only connect to Foursquare and Instagram. The way it works is that after it pulls in the data, a map is shown displaying both your location and your nearby friends. If you see someone you want to avoid, select “flag” and it will notify you if that person gets within a certain radius of you. You can set your radius from as small as one block to as big as two miles.


The app was created by Buzzfeed’s former creative director Chris Baker. In an email interview to the Washington Post, he said:

“I think we’ve seen the crest of the big social network … I think anti-social stuff is on the rise. You’ll be seeing more and more of these types of projects.”

Would you personally use this app? Make some noise in the comments below!

H/T: Mashable

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