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  • The Short, Serendipitous Life & Untimely Death Of Antisocial Photo-Sharing App, Rando

    The Short, Serendipitous Life & Untimely Death Of Antisocial Photo-Sharing App, Rando

    Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a piece about a new random photo-sharing app called Rando, built by a London app & design studio, ustwo -- an app that prefigured the current preoccupation for apps and services to offer users more anonymity. Despite having had close to one million downloads over its brief, serendipitous life, Rando is now being shut down. ustwo tells us why. Read More

  • This Is The Best Ad Campaign In App History

    This Is The Best Ad Campaign In App History

    What better way for an anti-social app to get noticed than by insulting its target audience? London-based app design studio ustwo has just put up a pair of billboards in the hipster heartland of Shoreditch, East London, a stone's throw from where its own studio is based, which brazenly proclaim: You have no friends and No one likes you. Read More

  • Rando’s 5M Anti-Social Photo Shares Could Be The Canary In The Social Networking Coalmine

    Rando’s 5M Anti-Social Photo Shares Could Be The Canary In The Social Networking Coalmine

    Rando only launched in March but the anti-social photo-sharing app that deliberately eschews the standard social network clutter of likes and comments and connections -- simply letting users share random photos with random strangers and get random snaps in return -- has blasted past 5M photo shares after a little over two months in the wild. It is now averaging around 200,000 shares per day. Read More

  • On Rekindling A Sense Of Mystery

    On Rekindling A Sense Of Mystery

    In the tangled web of digital social networks that we weave one thing is increasingly absent: a sense of mystery. We are so wrapped up in our digital social graphs there’s rarely room for gaps. The challenge now is about piecing together the endless jumble of data that’s being pushed at us. Instead of dreamers, we’re policemen sifting through a bottomless box of evidence. Read More

  • Ustwo’s Rando Is A Random Photo-Sharing App That Deliberately Snubs Social Features

    Ustwo’s Rando Is A Random Photo-Sharing App That Deliberately Snubs Social Features

    UK mobile games and app developer studio ustwo, creator of games and apps like Whale Trail and MouthOff to name a couple, has launched a new photo-sharing app called Rando. The kicker is it's entirely random photo sharing. In other words, each of your photos ('randos') is randomly sent to another user (you never know who gets it). In return you receive a random rando -- also from a random user. Read More