Give mates the dodge with this new anti-social app

Bumping into your clingy ex or the office bore could be a thing of the past with a new app that promises to help you avoid people you really don’t want to see.

Cloak is a new ‘anti-social’ app that will help you side-step those awkward moments by alerting you when certain people are just around the corner.

The app will pick up where people are by pulling in their location data from your social networks, including Foursquare and Instagram.

Photos of friends are displayed on a map relative to the user’s location and those deemed most undesirable are ‘flagged’, alerting you when they’re near.

The app is the brainchild of programmer Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed guru, Chris Baker who describe it as a way to “avoid exes, co-workers, that guy who likes to stop and chat – anyone you’d rather not run into.”

Speaking to the Washington Post, Chris Baker said that private messaging is the future of social networking.

“Things like Twitter and Facebook are packed elevators where we’re all crammed in together… I think anti-social stuff is on the rise,” he said.