Life after Insta —You betcha!! Here comes Poparazzi!!
Well if you thought nothing could entice your child like SnapChat or Instagram, think again, Poparazzi has just topped the free apps chart on both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
And would you believe the app bans filters and bans selfies but somehow this brand-new photo-sharing app is top of the pops around the globe!
How does it work?
Poparazzi mimics a paparazzi shoot. It only allows users to take photos of other people. It doesn’t allow filters, follower counts, captions, or photos taken by a phone’s front-facing camera i.e. no pretty selfies, no duck lips, no outstretched arm blocking a smile. Nope, Poparazzi is all about “hyping up your friends,” taking images of them – we repeat, no filters possible – and them taking of you.
Your friends can trail your every move, glamorous and otherwise, and they become your paparazzi – uploading pic after pic of you going about your day-to-day life. And ditto, you can take of them. Your profile is divided in two – your pics of your friends and the ones they upload of you. And for a bit of added enticement, it also shows which users most frequently catch you on camera.
Sound innocent enough? Well maybe in theory, but given that the minute you download the app, your entire contact list is automatically loaded, each profile also gets a “pop” score, which for the added addiction factor, tracks how many photos you take, …and given the teen’s desire to take a few risks, our guess is that Poparazzi will make Princess Diana’s gang of followers look tame.
Remember the photos are designed to be candid and the app doesn’t allow for cropping, adding captions, filters or edits. *This leaves our teens in a very vulnerable position when it comes to managing their online reputations with no control over what is being posted about them. Imagine trusting other teens to manage your public image… *
KLIKD VERDICT: NO
The teen Poparazzi app smacks of fun but also of potential pain, hurt and ‘mistaken’ moments. There are legitimate privacy concerns see this Tech Crunch article. The app requires your entire contact list which is just filled with concerns, and reliance on others to curate your public image is just plain risky.