Find Your Happy Place…Literally
March 11, 2012
— app, happy place, technology
Mashable.com by Sarah Kessler
Looking for happiness? Now there’s a map for that.
Mobile web app Happstr lets users mark the locations at which they’re happy on a map and browse for happy spots left by others nearby.
It was built last week during a mobile hackathon called The Startup Bus. The team of six entrepreneurs completed the project en route to South by Southwest.
Here’s how it works: When users are feeling happy, they navigate to the Happstr mobile site, where they find a huge pink button labeled “feeling happy?” Since they are feeling happy, they push the button.
The app asks for explanation for the happiness, but those reasons stay private for now. Other users, which thanks to Twitter already include people from all over the world, just see a happy balloon at that spot on the map.
Why build a happiness map? The Startup Bus answer, co-creator Ricky Robinett says, is that people might one day pay to track their happiness like they do their fitness. There’s also an opportunity for brands to sponsor some happiness.
But, at least when he’s not competing in a contest for which business model is a criteria, Robinett says Happstr is really just a sincere effort at making the world a better place. He’s worked on similarly amusing (and profitless) hacks before, creating, for instance, a game that pits the five boroughs of New York City against each other in a Foursquare-enabled game of Risk.
Other entrepreneurs on the bus suggested adding other emotions — like anger — to Happstr, but the team refused.
“The real idea is helping people be happier, and that would not help them do that,” Robinett says.
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