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Kander - The Picture Judging App

Kander is to Brutal Honesty What Tinder is to Dating

Since launching in 2012, dating simplifier Tinder has caught on like wildfire (sorry, I had to). It’s so popular in fact that its ‘swipe to like’ format is being road tested for other means, from puppy adoption to travel information. Now there’s yet another iteration and it might just be the most interesting one yet. 


Kander is a photo-sharing app that encourages users to rate their friend’s photos, based on what they think works and what doesn't, so the basis is honesty, or candour, rather. Users upload images which are then put up for review and given a like/dislike aggregator as they do the rounds. The option to post two images at once in order to determine which one is better is also available. The system works best when applied to photo with a specific focal point, you could be showing off a new item of clothing, piercing, haircut or mapping your workout progress. 

Sharing options are split between private sharing to your own followers or opening it up to full public judgement. You can keep an image polling for a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 24 hours. Votes are anonymous, but commenter identities are revealed once the poll ends, which probably just adds insult to injury if anyone’s said anything disparaging. Nobody really wants to find out that their ex thinks their latest tattoo is seven shades of awful. 


You can understand the thinking behind it, allegedly the idea came when the creator was questioned by his (possibly former) girlfriend about which dress was better and his honest answer wasn't exactly warmly met. 

Placing a screen-sized barrier between you and the person you’re being honest to makes the whole process a little less galling, but equally people could (and probably will) use it as a means to be relentlessly nasty

Currently the app is free, and ideas about companies using it to get public opinion on products could lead it to some very interesting places.

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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Kander - The Picture Judging App Reviewed by Unknown on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 Rating: 5
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