AwkTalk is Android application that helps users improve their social skills. By utilizing ... More
AwkTalk is Android application that helps users improve their social skills. By utilizing location services provided by android, the app will pair a user with the next closest user in terms of geographical distance. After this connection is made, the two users are able to chat using SSA's proprietary real time chat system. The goal of the chat is only to establish a location to meet. The chat is therefore limited in length. After the users have met, they are both giving a conversation topic based on the preferences that the users specified during sign-up. The each user is then expected to socialize with their new AwkTalk friend. After the users have socialized, they are directed to a feedback screen where they will be required to input ratings, suggestions, and comments on each other. This feedback is then saved to the user's feedback history section in the application. The users can refer to this history for insight on areas of their social skills that they might need to improve on.
Last updated 6 Aug 2015
Published 21 Mar 2012
Guest post from Zach Beattie, Rockupied LLC. Let's face it: not everyone is a social butterfly. For years we have put the spotlight on apps that make social interaction more prevalent- apps that allow people to talk more, tweet more, comment more, and even find their friends at a downtown bar. But where are the apps for the socially awkward? What good is knowing about that party if you are too nervous to talk to your crush when you get there. Traditionally, gamers and developers have been considered part of this elusive demographic, the people who stumble upon their words and get sweaty hands when talking to members of the opposite sex.
To the socially awkward: Do not fret… there may be an answer.
Undergraduate students at the University of California, Irvine, have created an app to help the socially inept overcome their awkwardness. The app is called AwkTalk and was developed for App Jam, a competition that asked its participants to create something in the category of “Self Improvement”.
AwkTalk allows users to participate in a timed discussion with another AwkTalker and then the participants rate each other’s social skills using a set of pre-established criteria. It uses location-based technology to pair the user up with someone and initiate conversation. The theory sounds good, but for the socially awkward, the thought of meeting up with a stranger to discuss social skills may be… frightening. They'd probably prefer to kick back and play a game of Angry Birds...