Technology is gleefully ironic. It's making the planet bigger and more knowable - while simultaneously shrinking social circles. The gadget-savvy citizen (aka everybody) tends to rely on friends' lists and text circles to stay connected. But now, there's a better, spot-on way to communicate with the world. The world already known, and the one about to introduce itself.
Chicago-based Rosem Inc. has released Spott Messenger, an iOS social app that lets anyone safely and anonymously share stories, news and info with friends and soon-to-be soulmates in real-time. The big social media difference? The contact list is replaced with a map of the world, a map on which users can find, create or participate in Spotts.
Each Spott is an instant, public, real-time conversation for sharing messages, photos, ideas and updates. They're like hubs, spots everyone can join and create anywhere and at any time. It connects users who might be in the neighborhood, or live halfway across the globe. Fellow users who might share someone's avid interest in soccer, or reveal the fantastic hidden gems that must be seen in a city soon to be visited. A Spott Messenger user could, for example, concurrently start a neighborhood watch in Chicago, discuss a live sporting event in San Francisco, and view the nightlife in Beijing - safely and anonymously.
"The Internet coupled with the mass adoption of mobile devices has largely replaced the need to reach out," says Mike Rose, Rosem's CTO. "Our goal is to reconnect people to the world around them - and make it as simple as saying hello, or asking someone you happen to meet on the street a question. And not unlike asking a stranger the time, we feel you shouldn't have to expose your personal info to get an answer."
There's fun, and functionality, in anonymity. Spott Messenger never reveals a user's location, nor asks for access to personal information, contacts or other social media accounts. Simply install the app and jump immediately into any conversation. Follow any Spott and get instantly notified when new messages are sent to it. Plus, there's a private message feature that allows any user to share exclusive info with another user - info other Spott followers don't necessarily need to know. With Spott, it's easy to step outside limited, and limiting, friends circles and connect to the world. So go ahead. Get Spotted.
Spott Messenger 1.1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category.