I am Alive, an app created by Sandra Hassan, allows users to reassure their family and friends–you guessed it– that they are still alive.
After a bomb in Haret Hreik rocked the southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday, Hassan created the app “as a joke” and “a sort of dark humor,” according to an NDTV article.
With the rise of the political instability in Lebanon and three bombings occurring in January alone, unfortunately, this app could actually be useful, allowing people to make sure their loved ones are not in danger with the click of a button. The usual anxiety-filled phone calls to everyone in the area where the bomb occurred may be replaced by clicking a button and then scanning who else tweeted about their safety.
The app logs into a person’s Twitter account and tweets, “I am still alive!” It also hashtags #Lebanon and #LatestBombing allowing people to check who else used the app by looking through Twitter’s newsfeed.
Although everyone can access the tweets through Twitter, the app is not available for Apple owners. This may seem fine since a lot of apps are solely for Apple products or exclusively for Android users. On the other hand, if this app is not available to everyone then its whole purpose is defeated, since iPhone users’ wellbeing and safety will not be publicized.
As eerie as it may be, announcing that a person is still alive may actually be useful, since the conflicts and tensions in Lebanon have no near end in sight.
Download the application here.