Liz Gannes

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“Everything About Your Life Is Exciting. To Everyone,” Says New (Fake) Jotly App.

Being able to make fun of yourself is an important quality. Being able to make awesome products that lots of people love and find useful might be better. For now, the folks at Firespotter Labs have their sense of humor.

They’ve created a fictional mobile app called Jotly that promises would-be users: “Everything about your life is exciting. To everyone.”

With Jotly, you can rate a parking meter, a leaf, the quality of a hiding spot … Well, you could if this were real and not a parody of an overpromising private beta with rounded corners and promises of free iPads.

Firespotter Labs co-founder Alex Cornell said in an email that Jotly is meant to “poke fun at the increasing granularity of apps these days, and the proliferation of oversharing.” He admitted that Google Ventures-backed Firespotter’s main product to date — a restaurant recommendation app called Nosh — fits pretty squarely into that description and said, preemptively, “we have thick skin.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik