Jotly Spoof Turns Real; “Rate Everything” App Now Available for iPhone
Sometimes the most ridiculous thing you can think of turns out to be not that ridiculous after all.
(Those aren’t the only ones; this idea of giving users tools for quick and fun self-expression in order to build a more meaningful understanding of the world is also present in other apps like Amen, DailyModi and Tiny Review. All of these were recently introduced and none of them is terribly popular yet.)
So why not take the joke one step further? Today Jotly for the iPhone was released. Firespotter’s Alex Cornell explained:
“It was crazy to see these uber-granular ‘rate things’ type apps released in such a serious way, when we had imagined the same feature sets to be the stuff of social app satire. So then we figured, why not just crush it out quickly if we could.”
Cornell promised that this was just a side project by a Firespotter engineer, and that Jotly is really still a joke. The app itself seems fine enough, if a little basic and sparse.
Firespotter continues to make the Nosh app, which aggregates ratings for food dishes. Big distinction!
Meanwhile, Jotly isn’t the only tech parody with legs.
I asked Tibbets about whether he or anyone else was working on some kind of universal notifier service, one that would try to find me everywhere and then would be smart enough to retract all of the notification alerts once I’d seen one.
That kind of already exists, Tibbets pointed out. Well, at least in theory. Last year the NBC show “The Office” had a funny bit about a start-up named WUPHF that sent out simultaneous emails, faxes, text messages, voicemails, tweets, chats and pages.
The pitch is pretty much perfect (see below). So who’s going to build this?