Get the current Pointer on Mobile Phones: Mobile Phone Advisor

On the concern of online personal privacy, I am with TechCrunch contributor Andrew Keen when he says the Net should learn to forget. And, as services like Snapchat have shown, here lies a start-up opportunity if there ever was one. However at the same time, we are likewise seeing a slew of apps that, in a throwback to the cyberspace of yesteryear, promise not to remember too much in the first place by using a sense of privacy wherein the material developer’s identification is kept concealed.

Recent examples include Whisper, the secret sharing app backed by Lightspeed Endeavor Partners and others, or Unface. me, the Gossip Girl-style social service for anonymously trolling your pals. And obviously there’s the anonymous (and anti-social) photo sharing app Rando, which my colleague Natasha Lomas explains rekindles a much required sense of mystery.

But exactly what the world actually needs, naturally, is an anonymous meme generator with a chain letter-styled remixable twist. Meet Yarrly (to be explained with your best pirate voice). Created by London-based Dave Ganly and Holly Clarke outside of their tech day jobs, the Android app lets anybody create 2 panel images and add text in the design of a meme maker. In this sense, it’s not dissimilar to MemeGenerator or Imgur’s MemeGen.

unnamed-3However, where things get fascinating isn’t just that a yarrly’s developer continues to be anonymous – there’s no sign up or profiles and the only free gift is any trail left when a yarrly is additionally shared – however the method each yarrly can be ‘remixed’, with the succeeding production added to a chain, also anonymously, and the initial creator being informed.

The threaded attribute is also evocative image message boards, which is where the app’s creators appear to have actually drawn their motivation. ‘We wish to make image discussions more immediate,’ states Clarke. ‘With one image it’s difficult to catch a tale, thought or reaction to something. We likewise enjoyed the concept of capturing the fun of meme culture and rage comics however for real images and people. This then changed into a way to remix various other images and publish them in-line, similar to an image messageboard or reddit thread’.

Interestingly, any one or both of the image panes can be exchanged out when a yarrly is remixed, together with the accompanying text (see example). In this means, as the chain establishes, it’s rather possible that the meme will morph into something completely various, along with being open to off-topic images/spam. That’s something that Clarke acknowledges, however is content for now to see how it plays out.

Currently there are no strong plans to monetize the app, should it take off. ‘It was an animal project for both of us, and we have not truly thought previous making it cool,’ explains Clarke. ‘Advertising is the instant obvious one as the only in-app purchase or premium concepts we can develop are pretty daft.’

I ‘d hasten to include, nevertheless, that daft ideas, particularly with the freedom that a degree of privacy brings, are occasionally the very best.