These apps are bound to be banned any day now that this is out. It seems like exactly the scenario Status was originally pitched for.
Ultimately yes, but not this time, the main use-cases I see are the new formation of proto-states, more extreme but realistic examples are the Independents of Catalan movement and the Rojavans in Syria. They need this technology as the Rojavans infrastructure gets bombed.
WIth bluetooth/adhoc-wifi transports like @decanus’ Ultra-light Beam, Status inches closer towards providing the tooling to support communication and community money and law infrastructure even in hostile environments.
Worth noticing that the feature used in the case this topic brings is a public pinned message. So, in case of Pokemon GO and Tinder, they are able to pin a message in based on geo location.
Perhaps this is something we can discuss, how we can make public chat rooms narrow about user preferences like geo-location or interests.
Odigo IM is early messenger of 1998 that inspires me alot.
This people finder feature is something really interesting and is exactly what this “revolution” people are looking for.
Notice that Odigo.im have a remarcable mention on it’s wikipedia of a “myth”, it’s told that people were warned of 11-sep-2001 attacks by the use of this feature and told to leave the WTC http://www.911myths.com/html/odigo.html
Odigo users can send anonymous messages anywhere in the world to other users, who they can find based on demographics or location. According to The Washington Post , the message declared “that some sort of attack was about to take place. The notes ended with an anti-Semitic slur. The messages said ‘something big was going to happen in a certain amount of time’”
learn more about odigo here https://notes.status.im/fRDY4J0wTKCPJ2eUl-Y31Q?both