It’s getting almost ridiculous. With each passing day it seems a new app makes its debut. Many are worthwhile but others just make you want to shake your head.
Just this week I learned about two new apps for iPhone and Android phones that made me wonder about the people who designed them for profit and, more importantly, those who would use such an app.
For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, an app is simply “an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices.” Commonly you’ll see apps for weather, news, music, sports, and for any number of information sources, like finding the lowest gasoline prices nearby. There are literally thousands of apps available. Some are free for downloading while others require one time or monthly fees. Most help the user who downloaded the app.
As I mentioned two new apps got my attention this week. The first one I saw was called “Confide” and the second one was the “Quit Your Job” app.
The Confide app has promise even though it’s also likely to facilitate cheating in many different forms. The app helps keep certain correspondence confidential and any message sent self-destructs after the recipient reads it. Confide doesn’t store messages on servers and doesn’t have the ability to retrieve them.
I can see Confide taking off in popularity. There are plenty of people out there who send and receive correspondence by email or text that they don’t want others to recover either intentionally or accidentally. Confide offers a solution to that problem and it’s easy to imagine it being used to hide or cover up a variety of activities including illegal and unethical ones.
The second one was designed to be humorous but it’s likely that at least some people will take it seriously and begin using the app.
The Quit Your Job app leads users through a series of questions and steps to determine why they are leaving their job and then designs a text message that is sent directly to their boss. The message might read; “I’m quitting because I’m sick of the corporate world.” Or it could say, “I’m quitting because I found a new job.” The adventurous bridge-burner might be so bold as to use the app to tell the boss to “take this job and shove it” as the old Johnny Paycheck song said.
Seriously, who would use an app to quit work? What happened to the day of looking someone in the eye or writing a letter to resign with notice?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor approximately 2.3 million people left their jobs last October citing reasons such as pay, lack of career growth opportunities, or just not feeling recognized for their efforts.
The app is designed to reduce the anxiety of resigning and easing the pain of telling the boss, “I quit.”
The app was inspired by another app called BreakupText. Yes, it’s as it sounds. Users can breakup with the boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse or live in without a face-to-face encounter. That’s classy too. It is reminiscent of the days of note passing in elementary school.
Neither app makes much sense and at some time or another use of either one is likely to backfire. As the old saying goes, “what goes around comes around.”