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The magic of Rando

I recently got introduced to an interesting app called “Rando” for iOS. Normally I wouldn’t do an entire blog post on an app but the social constructs behind it.

It’s an extremely simple photo sharing app with a difference; you can only share a photo with a total random using the app and you can only receive a picture if you send one. The interface looks like this:

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You receive an image and then can tap on that image in order to see where the pic is from. There’s no way to comment, like or interact with that person ever again unless by some random chance your pictures match up again.

It’s a really stupid mechanism but for some reason I am totally entranced. The random stream of consciousness you receive is fascinating however the lack of any interaction makes it frustrating at times. I have something of a love/hate relationship with the app. I do think it could be improved:

  1. Allow for an image to be passed on
  2. Allow for you to choose a country or continent to send it to
  3. Links to your social profiles in order to continue the conversation

I suppose this would make the app more of a modern day penpal application but I think it would add to the interest factor. Go download it now for your iOS device; it’s strangely addictive.

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