Hell is Other People: the anti-social media keeping you alone

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Like most social media, FourSquare is designed to connect people, but what if you feel like being alone?

Creator Scott Garner tests his app in a video.
(Screenshot by Nic Healey/CNET)

Spotted by The Verge, Hell is Other People is a web app that takes your friends check-in data from your FourSquare account, and calculates what the creator calls "optimally distanced locations" to make sure that you don't bump into any of them.

Scott Garner, designer of the Sartre-themed app, made a video where he tested the effectiveness of these safe zones, which you can watch below.

Of course, the success rate depends on just how dedicated you and your friends are to FourSquare. You might have more success by calling in sick, closing the blinds and pretending not to be home.

But Hell is Other People was designed more as an art project than a functional app, and in those terms it works just fine.

Hell is Other People: Walk One from Scott Garner on Vimeo.



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