Apps are the platforms on which everyone lives nowadays, and there is always a search to create the newest, most exciting, and most useful app that everyone will download and use. As more and more young creative types join the creative technology world, we are seeing an increase in many niche apps, but the large ones are likely here to say, especially those owned by conglomerate businesses. However, there are some issues with these apps – and we don’t mean just bugs and glitches with functionality.
Twitter is a platform meant for short bursts of shared information, status updates, and more, but it has become a hub for news and argument. The main issue with Twitter lies in its character count. Although it has recently increased from 120 to 240 characters, the messages are still limited to a few sentences, and those with more verbose writing styles must find ways to crop their messages like photos…or send numerous Tweets in a bombardment of notifications. The platform has no space for good and functional discourse.
Snapchat allows users to upload photos and videos that vanish after a set amount of time. Although this fleeting nature is beneficial for some – it makes users follow it more intently, as they can’t go back and watch what they’ve missed – it is problematic in other ways. For one, its location feature allows users to display exactly where they are, which is a dream come true for potential criminals and unsavory individuals. It has also become a common method of recording videos while in the heat of the moment, such as driving or traveling, which can be reckless and increase the risk of injuries.
Like Snapchat, Instagram is primarily a photo and video sharing app, but it has a more personalized feel and the uploaded content remains on the pages. It also connects to a lot of other apps – which is not the best for security. Many people have suffered hacked accounts, leading to other accounts getting compromised as well. It has also been used in studies to measure vanity and addiction to the internet, along with another social media site: Facebook.
Facebook has long since been criticized for its data mining and information collection of its users. It has become a place for businesses and artists to share their work, but it has also become a place of “FOMO,” or Fear Of Missing Out, which leads to constant refreshing and updating to see if anything new has happened. It isn’t a healthy occurrence by any means.
Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft, as well as other rideshare apps, have taken on the world of transportation, to the extent that they have become verbs inasmuch as they are companies. Although the rides are cheap and easy to summon, there is a slew of legal issues that the businesses have dealt with and continue to deal with every day.
“Many people sue Uber for accidents, but Uber has historically tried to claim it isn’t responsible for the actions of its drivers. They don’t like to have their name attached to any legal action,” says Daniel Azizi, founder of the Downtown LA Law Group.
The YouTube app has all the functionality of the website, but it suffers from not running while the app is hidden in the background. Oh, and it still has the entire copyright infringement problem that plagues the creative world. All too often, people will steal content from other places, like Twitter and Bandcamp, and rip those videos and songs to YouTube. YouTube’s protection does not catch everything, and it has even been known to mute videos that have songs with copyrights…even if the songs are in the background of a tutorial and not expressly used in the video.
There are millions of songs available for play on Spotify, but it has been viewed under a harsh lens once people began to learn that the payment structure is not great for the artists. They do not earn nearly as much as some might believe, and a vast majority of the money still goes to Spotify and the record labels backing them. It’s also one of the most frequently hacked apps to allow free skips and premium usage.