As I’ve explained before, in general I’m a big fan of location based social networking applications. In many ways they sum up the worst of technology/the era we live in (minimizing someone to the point that they’re nothing more than a swipe left or right), but at the same time some apps can also be great ways to meet people.
In July I wrote about the new MileHi App, which is intended to “socialise and network with your fellow flyers.” Basically the app allowed you to enter your flight details, and then match with other people on the same flights or who are traveling around the same time.
It’s a decent concept in theory, though my main issues were twofold:
- The app would have to be heavily used for it to actually be useful, because otherwise the odds of meeting up with someone from the same flight are very low
- The mission of the app was very vague; it was called “MileHi,” but purported to also be for “uncovering business networking opportunities” — something tells me the people looking for “business networking opportunities” are the same headless people who are looking for “friends” on other apps
Well, it looks like that app already has some competition, called Lounger. The app has the following headline:
Join The Mile High Club, redefine the travel experience with Lounger
Okay, so it seems pretty clear what the goal of the app is… no?
But then here’s the description of what Lounger apparently is:
Lounger is an app that lets you meet and mingle or just do a favour to other passengers. Through lounger, you can gain access to lounges world-wide or give someone you meet through the app the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of premium transiting. How the App works? Step One: You register your account with us. Facebook integration makes this a speedy process and you can build your profile by choosing from your Facebook pictures. The service is entirely free. Step Two: You sign in at the airport. As a host, you pick your lounge. As a guest, you select the lounges you’d like to get in to. Step Three: You can approach a guest or a host and message them. You can check out the profiles of all available guests/hosts and contact them through the messaging system. It’s entirely up to you who to meet and not and if you’d like to socialize or simply show some kindness to a fellow traveler.
So they’re kind of going two completely different directions here, no? On one hand the headline of the app is to “join the mile high club,” on the other hand it sounds like an app for people to guest one another into lounges. Without any sexual implications, the latter actually sounds like a great idea. But I can’t help but feel like they’re going two very different directions with this app.
The founder claims the following, which perhaps shows how confused the creators are about their own app:
This new service makes the dream of Mile-high-membership possible – even before take-off
Yep, there’s nothing like joining the mile high club “before take-off.”
Here’s a short promotional video for the app:
Regardless of my personal interest in these kinds of apps (or lack thereof), I can’t help but feel like some of these are just so poorly thought out. I think there’s a market for an app which hooks up travelers for the purpose of sharing lounge access, etc. But this just seems downright creepy in the context of also being a hookup app, no?
Would you use the Lounger app?
(Tip of the hat to Pizza in motion)