20 Top Productivity Apps for 2020

From Teamweek:

The world is more distracting than ever before. From social media and streaming services like Netflix to video games and silly YouTube videos, our attention is constantly being diverted from our daily tasks.

If you’re frequently finding yourself looking at your smartphone or falling behind in your workload, there are numerous productivity apps available to remove distractions and keep you focused on the task at hand. These tools provide specialized practices for a wide range of needs.

We’re already at the half-month mark – get going on your projects!

BNI Operative: Situationally aware.

As always, be safe.

An App That Allows Children & Teens To Cyber Bully Other Kids


Who on earth would develop an app that would allow, rather, encourage children to bully one another?? A company that claims it is a business site seeking true feedback for executives.   Yet, a members collage banner on the site’s home page features its alleged subscribers – one is a kid holding up his middle finger, another is of a 10 y.o. girl and a third is comprised of two teen “chicks” sporting that annoying duck face pose. (Hey, if they want to look stupid,  I will use a silly description.)

From The Telegraph, May 18, 2017:

UPDATE MAY 29, 2017: THE SITE, SAYAT.ME,  IS BACK ONLINE.

The Sayat.me website was taken offline by its administrators following the suicide of George Hessay, a teenager from Goole, East Yorkshire, who had been allegedly abused over the app.

The app, which is a growing craze among teenagers, allow users to post anonymous “feedback” about their friends. It has been criticised for creating a vehicle for cyber-bullying among school children.

Sayat.me, which is based in Estonia, is designed for business users seeking “constructive, honest feedback” from colleagues and clients. It has 30 million users, many of whom are believed to be teenagers.

The app is a growing craze among teenagers
The app was designed to provide businesses with feedback but is increasingly being used by teenagers

Last week Hessay, a keen footballer, took his own life after being allegedly bullied by his peers on the app.

Hanna Talving, the CEO of Sayat.me, said: “We have been made aware by police that they are investigating a bullying related suicide and we offer our sincere condolences to those affected by this loss.

“We deplore bullying of any kind and want it to have no place on our site. We will offer any assistance we can to the police. We have suspended use of the website to show how seriously we take these matters.”

Friends paid tribute to the teenager on Facebook, with Joely Baxter writing: “George Hessay was such a nice boy who cared about everyone and made sure everyone was ok.

“He really didn’t deserve what happened to him, nobody does and I think that whoever wrote things about him on that stupid Sayat.me thing should be ashamed and grow some balls and own up to it because whoever did it was sick in the head”.

I cannot image what was going through this promising young man’s head when he took his own life because he was being so badly cyber abused that he felt life was not worth living.  I also cannot imagine the family’s shock, pain and incomprehension at such a finite action taken by their loved one.  My heart goes out to George’s family and friends.

Now let me offer some advice to the people who were surely in George’s life but to be applied to those now in the lives of children and teens being cyberbullied:

  • Friends: You may be young but you know right from wrong. Speak up. Being quiet makes your friend who is targeted believe that no one cares or that what is being said about him is true,
  • Teachers: You see the kids snickering at a particular student. Speak up. Dirty looks only go do far.
  • Parents: You know your child, the sneaky looks with malicious intent. Speak up. Or run the risk of raising a punk.

If you believe your child is being bullied, contact StompOutBullying.org.  Anyone who has raised a teen knows that, often, adults are the last ones they may want to talk to about their problems.  Stomp Out offers a free hotline for teens 13+ who are being bullied to reach out and speak to peers.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

Peeple: The App That Lets People Rate Others, Coming November 2015.

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Peeple is being touted as the Yelp for people, the app that lets you review other people without their consent.

How it works:

(from Mashable)

The app, founded by Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough, will be available only on iOS devices in November. It’s already had thousands sign up to be beta testers, according to a post on the Peeple Facebook page (link deactivated).

In order to post a review, users have to be 21 or older with an active Facebook account. Reviews must be made under a person’s own name, and a user must indicate how they know the person they will review in one of three categories: Personal, professional or romantic.

Anyone who has access to someone’s cellphone number can start a new profile for them on the site. The person will receive a text informing them who started their profile and “that they should check out what you said about them on our app.” The FAQ’s make no mention of how the site will check on the validity of the number provided.

Once someone is added, anyone on Peeple can weigh in on his or her merits as a person.

“People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions,” said Cordray told the Washington Post. “Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?”

Why it shouldn’t work.

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Why not treat people as you would a used car, Ms. Cordray?  Glad you asked (although I’m surprised that anyone above majority age requires that clarification).  To an experienced investigator, one thing is absolutely certain and that is that the assessment of  human beings is always subjective.  We’re not products such as vehicles or homes or services provided by telecoms or restaurants with defined market values and traceable and trackable basic maintenance/service records.

I find the Peeple app kinda creepy based solely on this comparison to wholly inanimate objects or unique human interactions.  It sounds basically like a mean girls club in the formative phase.

But then we come to the actual purpose of the app – to dish about other people and rate them.  To the first, Ms. Cordray claims to have “integrity features” such as disallowing:  shaming and bullying, profanity, listing of private health issues and sexist comments.  (As to the last item, are the two female founders anticipating an overwhelming amount of bitchy verbal clawing among women?  Why single out that -ism?  Perhaps this really is  Yelp for and by Mean Girls.)   That aside, unless the task of discerning intent and meaning in language is relegated to English profs, the average “internet content assessor” is a woefully inadequate arbiter of phraseology.  E.g.,:  “In this age of overwhelming grooming options, I find Mark Jones’ raw appreciation for an au naturel existence incredibly eye-opening!”  Translation:  “This guy stinks to high hell and makes my eyes bleed!”  See? Seriously, ladies, as an English Second Languag’er even I can scoot past your language police.   As to the latter, rating people/assigning them numbers, Ugh.   Humanity doesn’t need a rating system; softer filters, perhaps.

What is wrong with this app.

  1. Personal safety.  Every prosecution involving this app will begin with, “Was the assault foreseeable?”  Yes.
  2. Legal.  Consent, bias, accuracy??
  3. Raison d’etre.  Not a one.  How can this not hurt thousands, if not millions, of people who are simply living their imperfect, human lives? Heck, I’ve already p.o.’s the two app founders and they haven’t even met me. Yet.

Safety first, Peeple people.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, be safe.