A Snapchat-owned location-sharing app has created a solution to gamify social distancing with a leaderboard evaluating who amongst your pals spends probably the most time at house (via TechCrunch).
The app, Zenly, usually encourages sharing your location for issues like assembly up with buddies, however going outdoors to hang around with individuals would possibly go towards restrictions in place that encourage social distancing and assist stop the unfold of the novel coronavirus. So, in a twist, Zenly can now present how a lot your pals aren’t going outdoors with its new stay-at-home leaderboard.
To get an thought of what the leaderboard would possibly appear to be, take a look at the screenshot in this tweet from Zenly co-founder and CEO Antoine Martin:
I attempted to make a leaderboard myself, however wasn’t capable of get the app to generate one after I downloaded it and added a Verge colleague as a buddy. Maybe the app wants a while to create one, and we’ve requested Zenly to make clear how lengthy it would take to make a leaderboard. Nevertheless it’s price noting that I had by no means used the app earlier than writing this text, so maybe Zenly simply wants a while to create a leaderboard round my habits.
It’s additionally unclear if the leaderboard simply compares how a lot your pals keep at house or if it compares you and your pals. I’ve requested Zenly if it may make clear that, too.
Zenly additionally presents a helpful map overlay that may present the variety of coronavirus circumstances in a state or nation. Once you faucet on one of many emoji, it’s going to present the variety of confirmed circumstances and recoveries (although the 5 or so emoji I clicked on all confirmed data that was final up to date yesterday).