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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald