Do you really hate something and wish the world knew about it? There’s an app for that.
The Hater app made its triumphant debut at the 2013 SXSW Conference—a unique convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies— this week, and it's being called by some the “middle finger to the social networking world.”
Users of the app are encouraged to “hate” on daily annoyances and grievances including: bad weather, traffic jams, stupid people and undesirable events. Similar to other social networking sites, users can upload pictures and tags for their friends and followers, and the app also offers the ability to share text-based “hater rants.”
The intention of the app is pretty nifty — it wants to create a bonding experience among users as they all hate on the same things. While the app does have the potential to create a somewhat unifying place to rant about daily frustrations, some fear it will easily attract racists and bigots and essentially create a new and easier platform for bullying in the cyber world.
The developers hope that by allowing users to focus on things people hate, those users will be able to band together and reverse the hatred. It’s an admirable goal, but chances are all the Hater app is going to become is a cesspool of bitterness and negativity towards minor frustrations hardly worth complaining about in the first place.