I’m sure many of you are familiar with last year’s sensationally creepy Facebook app “Take This Lollipop“. If you aren’t, follow the link to read the blog I wrote about it last October. Everyone up to speed? Good. It turns out that the man behind the app is set to release a sequel.
Jason Zada, who created the viral app – along with the hugely successful Elf Yourself – has started a Kickstarter page in order to fund the follow-up to Take This Lollipop. The first instalment was disturbing enough – when I first installed it and watched as the stalker was looking through my Facebook profile seemingly as ‘me’, it actually felt a knot in my stomach. Even though logic tells you that it’s just some very clever lines of code making things happen, it does still give you the heebeegeebees.
What Take This Lollipop also managed to achieve was raising awareness among web-users about how much of their private information they were really sharing with the world. Now, while Jason Zada hasn’t revealed much about the plot for Lollipop 2, he has said “The storyline for Lollipop 2 is highly guarded, but we can guarantee that it will be a much more intense experience that the first”.
This does get me wondering – if people were shocked into being more privacy conscious by Zada’s first outing of this nature, then what is it that we as web-users are revealing about ourselves online that he’s found a way to exploit now? It’s a scary thought, but one that we’ll just have to sit and stew on until the app is released.