#IAmAlive: Lebanese techie invents "world's most depressing" app
People can let their loved ones know they are safe via the"I am alive app". (Image courtesy of globalvoicesonline.org)
Dubbed the "world's most depressing app" by media outlets on Wednesday, a newly-launched application allows Lebanese users to tweet that they are “still alive” after a bombing in their country.
The BBC reports that the creator of the app, 26-year-old Lebanese student Sandra Hassan, launched it as "an expression of frustration" at how bad the security situation in the country has become.
The jarringly upbeat slogan on the app’s homepage reads, “Every time there is an explosion, we have to spend a lot of time contacting our loved ones…Not anymore!”
According to the BBC, phone lines after an explosion or attack of any sort are usually jammed as loved ones try to connect with each other. The app is being marketed as the solution.
There have been two bomb attacks since the app was launched in January, and dozens of the 4,000 people who have downloaded the app so far have used it, tweeting the pre-fabricated message "I am still alive! #Lebanon #Latestbombing."
Some have got in touch with Hassan from outside Lebanon - from Egypt and Pakistan in particular – looking to launch their own localized version, she said. Hassan added that she had been contacted by an NGO interested in using the app in natural disasters.