Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App

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I can’t quite put my finger on why I keep using this new app called Steven – yes, Steven, like a boy’s name – but I do. The app itself is sort of silly – it offers you a way to log your activities and location using emoji, optionally add photos, plus view and respond to posts from other friends, also through the use of emoji.

Why? Well…why not?

The app may not be as trivial as it seems at first glance, despite some similarities to other, even goofier emoji-based social networks.

By recording a user’s everyday activities and location, the latter in a decidedly “non-creepy” way, Steven is gradually building up a database of information that could be put to use in the future for any number of purposes. On a personal level, that could mean a navel-gazing look back at your past, in order to extract certain trends. Are you getting to…

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