Cloak: Useful App for When You Want to Avoid People
Article by George Norman
On 26 Mar 2014
While other apps help you stay in touch with others, Cloak helps you avoid people. So if you’re feeling a bit antisocial, use Cloak to avoid others.

Cloak is available for free on Apple’s App Store. Here’s the link.


Surely, you don’t feel social all the time. There are times when you feel a bit antisocial, when you would rather avoid people than socialize. Right off the top of my head, I can think of several reasons why you would feel a bit antisocial: you’re having a bad hair day and you don’t want others to see you, you called in sick and you don’t want to run into a coworker, you want to go someplace and don’t want to bump into your ex.

That is precisely what happened to Brian Moore after moving to New York: he kept bumping into his ex. He ran into her four times over a six month period. So he got together with Chris Baker and came up with Cloak, an app that uses readily available location information to help you avoid people.

The free Cloak app for iOS collects into from Instagram and Foursquare; based on that info it tells you where friends, coworkers, and other contacts are. Armed with this information, you can move around town safe in the knowledge that you won’t bump into someone you do no want to meet.

Facebook is not currently supported by the Cloak app – but it will be in the future. The developer explained that support for Facebook will be added when everything works smoothly. “Most of us have thousands of Facebook friends, and with the way Cloak polls data, we want to ensure the freshest, most relevant stuff possible. It's coming though.”

Twitter isn’t supported either. The thing with Twitter is that location data is vague – and that is bad. The worse thing is that most users turn this feature off. Consequently, Twitter either provides a vague location or no location at all.

Additional info on the Cloak app is available here.

Tags: Apple, iOS, App Store, Cloak, Instagram, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter
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