Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world through another’s eyes? Sure, this concept is a nice philosophical idea, but it’s not one that can really be accomplished – or can it? A new iPhone app called Wander allows you to see things from the point of view of another, quite literally. Wander connects people from all over the planet with one another. Each week, Wander members will be connected with someone new. During that week, it is the responsibility of each party to take photos of places, food, friends, and other cultural landmarks. Not only can people see what other people are doing in different countries, but Wander also provides a place for people from all over the world to chat with one another.
Thanks to a handy in-app translator, connecting and speaking with someone in, say, Tokyo is easier than it ever has been before. This app is not only a great idea, but it will help people from different walks of life see how the other half lives – and it may even encourage some people to hop on a plane and travel to another country. If you have an iPhone (no Android or BlackBerry support yet), you can download the Wander app for free. Here’s how the app works in detail.
Downloading and Using Wander – A Walkthrough
After downloading Wander, you will be asked to create a new account or connect through Facebook. The choice is yours, but consider that whoever you talk with on Wander might be able to access your Facebook details too if you use this option. Then again, finding someone on Facebook is really just a matter of conducting a Google search, so that point is somewhat moot. After logging in, Wander will bring you through some short slides that explain what the app will do. Essentially, you will be connected with a weekly “guide” who will show you the world according to their everyday routine.
Wander will suggest weekly guides for you to connect with. If you think that someone looks interesting, you can connect with this guide for one week. If not, you can skip the suggested guide and Wander will match you with someone else. After connecting with a guide, Wander will send you photo suggestions or “missions.”
These missions might include “share something that reminds you of home” or “share something that inspires you.” When testing this app, I found it to be a lot of fun and slightly intimidating. After all, you have to show some random stranger the things that make you tick – or what you love about your city. Further, you will have to chat with that person, and that can seem frightening.
There’s a slim chance that this will happen, but you may be matched with a single person who’s looking for a date. If this happens, it could become annoying to receive photos and text messages from this pursuant. Another potential problem is the stalker issue – if someone thinks that they really connect with you that person may try to find you in real life, and that could be scary.
So, my advice is to select guides who live far away. This way, the likelihood of that person actually finding you or trying to stalk you will be slim to none. Really though, Wander is a great travel app that will make understanding the world, and certain parts of the world, easier. Check out the app by downloading it from the Apple App Store.