Japanese App Tweets Embarrassing Things If You Oversleep

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    OKITE is a Japanese alarm clock app. It's designed to help users wake up, but with a twist: it sends embarrassing messages to the user's Twitter account every time they hit snooze.

    Tofugu, a blog covering Japanese culture, points out that this type of public shaming is uniquely punishing in Japan:
    The app sends out a wide variety of Tweets, some silly and some downright odd.

    "From today on I'm going to head to work via unicycle."

    "I want to buy a fast red Ferrari and a horse!"

    "Just as I thought, I want to become a stewardess."

    OKITE is available free on the App Store, but only in Japanese. It isn't localized into English. [iTunes]

    Article Link: Japanese App Tweets Embarrassing Things If You Oversleep
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Seeing that I am likely to tweet this anyway, I find this app utterly useless. :p
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
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    I could see this work better if you could make your own embarrassing tweets. These arent even that funny or embarrassing.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    This would just cause people to stop following you...if you were actually interesting enough to follow in the first place.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    Omg how embarrassing
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    There will be 87 English language ripoffs in the App Store by Tuesday.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    May 10, 2010
    Ok, that must be one of the cultural differences I didn't yet got usd to ... These comittment for self-embarrassment is also present in several daily TV shows ...

    A much cuter example of apps working mostly in local culture context is "SmartTub". That simulate a Japanese bathtube with the cover you put on top because of water is shared with other family members. But only on iPad2 with smart over
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    I know I read somewhere that an alarm app had a thing where it sent a small donation on your behalf every time you hit snooze.

    Would be awesome if you could pick your charity but the app sent all the money to one I did not know anyting about.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Great. We all know what Japanese people do when they're shamed...:(

  10. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2007
    Just as I thought, I want to buy this app.
  11. macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    Sad that so many people care that much about what other people think.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    That kind of statement would be unheard of in Japanese culture, because not caring about what other people think is pretty unheard of. ;) The entire language is structured around being polite, as is Japanese culture in general. You can't really get by in Japanese society without caring about other people to some degree. I think it's a good thing.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    In a way, it's sad how people in the USA don't give a **** what others think.

    I've heard that some Japanese CEOs who drive their companies into bankruptcy commit suicide due to the shame. Anyone know if that's true? I know this sounds horrible, but in some ways, that sounds a bit better than those American CEOs who get the golden parachutes worth millions of dollars. I'm sure there are some that worked their a**es off to prevent their companies from being even worse, but, IMO, they weren't good enough to deserve millions.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2010
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    I know at least they do it figuratively. I'm sure many people will not fully understand the point/impact this app is attempting to give. Especially since the force of some sayings are lost in translation. English has common saying that have cultural heritage attatched to them and because of that, they too make no sense when translated.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    Not every Japanese CEO will (obviously), but suicide is considered a way to save face in such a shameful situation, so it happens.
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    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I don't see that as embarrassing, silly, or odd...

    Then again, I live in Portland.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2011
    I actually do ride a unicycle to work!
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    I wish i could be as creative as the japanese, I really wish to visit japan some time. Scratch that, I need to visit the world.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    I love it.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mochi Hana

    Jul 30, 2010
    I think going to work via unicycle would be kind of cool. o.o;
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    Very clever, I like it!
  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
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    Embarrassed for you

    ( T_T)\(^-^ )
  23. YeahBuddy, Sep 23, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    *Snooze* "I spent .99 cents on an app that posts strange phrases on my twitter account."

    What will my neighbors think? :(
  24. fdv
    macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    This sounds like a much better idea.
  25. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 11, 2003
    Even better...

    Every time you push the snooze button it sends a message to the boss telling him/her that you are going to be X minutes late.

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