Hot Mess to create a new social climate

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Have you ever imagined telling a co-worker that he has food stuck in his teeth? Have you ever returned home to find that you were walking around with your zipper down?

A new app is set to solve all these problems. Dubbed Hot Mess, the app allows users to anonymously send text messages to alert friends or anyone in particular of whatever embarrassing situation they may find themselves in. The app was submitted to this year’s Disrupt Hackathon by Rob Zazueta and Neil Mansilla, reported TechCrunch.

Users of Hot Mess can select from various scenarios, such as “nose nuggets”, “eye boogers”, “dragon breath” and “teeth gunk”. Then the app will send an anonymous text message informing the person that “An angel has sent you a hint” that should be read privately. The text features a link containing the description of the problem as well as a picture of Zazueta demonstrating it.

Zazueta explained that the images were created using Red Vines as “tooth gunk”, cake for “eye boogers”, and gum as “nose nuggets”.

Moreover, the images and messages have been pre-programmed to prevent people from using it to bully others.

“This is intended to break a social taboo,” explained Mansilla. “If someone is a close talker and has halitosis, or is too loud, it’s hard to share that without offending them. Why? You’re doing them a disservice by not telling them.”

The aim is that apps such as Hot Mess will eventually be obsolete with the birth of a new social climate that sees people happily telling someone to go clean up or brush his teeth.

“The giver gets good karma and the recipient won’t feel bad because they think the intent is genuine.”


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