Ah, who doesn't love a social media trend? Especially when it gives some thought to linguistics. We've recently gone mad for apps designed to help you interact with strangers, incidentally all suffixed with an 'r'. Meet Tinder and Grindr's new, potentially more terrifying cousin, Cuddlr. DUN DUN DUHHH.
Our phones and tablets share data with their manufacturers and our mobile service providers as a matter of course. Apps collect data for the use of the developer as well as "data aggregators," third-party information gatherers that look to use this information as you bounce from app to app to better target you for advertising offers.
Lately I've found myself spending ever more time on app.net both exploring the vast and growing ecosystem of apps and monitoring the fascinating global stream. On the day that twitter launched its new API v1.1 which restricted a number of clients user token limits and has been seen as a major threat to developers its interesting to see how different the two worlds are.