Long ago in a lost world before email existed, there was something called ‘Pen Pals’. The concept was that people could share their lives with another person somewhere in the world by writing letters with a pen and paper, sometimes this person would be a stranger. It was almost like experiencing another life through their story. Fast forward to the world of smartphones and everything ‘social’, creative apps are allowing people to share their lives instantly with not just text, but also sound, pictures and video. Now a new app called C2 by Square C was just released today to let people swap their lives with someone random in the world.

How can a smartphone possibly give you the life of another? It sounds all too science fiction to be true. And it is. However like the Pen Pal concept, C2   is a one to one image exchange platform that allows people to share their lives with a stranger by posting pictures of anything. The trend of social discovery is becoming more and more popular through mobile apps. Another example is PicPic that uses an augmented reality bird to fly around the world and let you see different things from other people’s eyes or camera phone.

So how does C2 work? It lets people anonymously share photos in real-time with people from the far side of the world! The kind of fun or creepy thing is that the system automatically matches you with a random partner. For example a man in Sydney at 2pm could be sharing photos with someone in San Francisco at 9am. But if you think your partner is boring or too creepy, you can disconnect with them; less painful than de-friending someone on Facebook at least. If that is too harsh for you, you can choose an unhappy icon face or comment ‘wtf’.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.