Perhaps I’m naive, but I really do want to believe there is good in everything—and that most people will do the right thing most of the time. So when it comes to new technology, my instincts usually point me toward the positive ways it can be used.
Then I try to make sure that any potential downsides are either well-explained to my kids (and their friends! Basically, this is an app that is designed to help users “find new friends on Snapchat.” Here’s how the app’s founders describe it: Now, to be fair, Yellow’s App Store age rating is 17 .
Given my usual approach of cautious optimism—Yellow has me flummoxed. But, as I discovered, the App Store age rating is simply a guideline—it doesn’t prevent anyone with a Snapchat account, no matter how old they are, from downloading Yellow and using it.Your conversation will be in green when talking to new best friends, and yellow when swiping for a hot date.And, while the initial roll out will force users to maintain one profile to be used for both dating and BFF mode, the company is working on releasing a dual-profile feature which would let users tailor the pictures and descriptions in their profiles depending on if they are looking for friendship or romance. Either way, a good time out with your friends becomes something better.Upgrade your social life any day of the week—invite friends to join your group, then swipe and match with other groups nearby. Now you can invite those friends to swipe with you and you can all meet some great new people doing the same things you want to do. The new feature, called BFF, essentially lets users use the same swiping and matching algorithms for friendship instead of dating.