Drink up and log in: Livr is the (fake) social network you need booze to use

livr wants social network drinkers app

Ed. update: Gizmodo dug into this boozy product, and found that at least one of the “co-founders” of Livr is an actor, not an entrepreneur. In other words, Livr is almost certainly a hoax – a hoax just believable enough to get our thirsty hopes up. All of which is to say, someone get on making this product a reality right now! Let us know once you do. We’ll be waiting at the bar.

Original story:

Finally, there’s a social network designed specifically for drunk people. Facebook has always been too risky a venture for those times when we’ve knocked back a few. But now Livr, a social network aimed at drinkers, hopes to be your new best friend.

Gaining access to Livr is rather interesting: You blow into a breathalyzer dongle that attaches to either your iOS or Android device. If you fail the breathalyzer test, you gain entry to Livr; if you don’t, you’ll need at least one more shot of Jaegermeister. The thinking here is that sober folks shouldn’t be able to just pop in and gawk at the debauchery.

Once you gain entry, there are several things you can do, one of which is playing a crowdsourced game of truth or dare. In addition, you can “drunk dial” any other Livr users. If you need to know whether there are after-hours places still serving, there is a section within the app that will point you toward them.

Perhaps Livr’s best feature, however, is its ability to reset and wipe out everything you did that evening; cleverly, the developers dubbed it the “Blackout” button. If you so choose, you can even have a morning report sent to you for those times when you did something you want to share with friends.

“Livr is a community of people who want to live life honestly and have a great time doing it,” said Livr founder Kyle Addison. According to Addison, people censor themselves in social media in order to be looked at as a “perfect person,” but with Livr, both Addison and co-founder and head of programming Avery Platz hope to allow people to not censor themselves.

We love this novel and humorous idea, but we don’t yet know when Livr will be available or how much the breathalyzer dongle will cost. Addison and Platz hope to gain investors by going to South by Southwest, which launched today in Austin, Texas.


Adobe's "creativity conference" begins October 15. Here's what we hope to see

Each year, Adobe uses its Adobe MAX conference to show off its latest apps, technologies, and tools to help simplify and improve the workflow of creatives the world over. Here's what you should expect from this year's conference.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix in October, from 'Mindhunter’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

Spotify vs. Pandora: Which music streaming service is better for you?

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Home Theater

Still wondering why you should buy a smart TV? Here's what you should consider

If you've been living under a rock, you might wonder: What is a smart TV, anyway? Lucky for you stone-dwellers, we've put together a quick-hit guide to teach you everything you need to know about televisions with big brains.
Social Media

Snap a photo to follow a new friend on Instagram with its Nametags tool

Skip the typing and search bar -- Instagram now allows you to add friends using the in-app camera. Nametags are scannable graphics that will lead straight to your Instagram profile.

Facebook’s latest data breach could earn Europeans thousands in compensation

Facebook users in Europe distressed about Facebook's revelation that its latest breach left as many as 50 million users exposed could get some compensation. Facebook also faces a class-action suit and a broader GDPR investigation.

Voice commands could be coming to Facebook Messenger

Thanks to digital assistants, voice controls are becoming commonplace. One day, we may even be using them in Facebook Messenger. The company has confirmed that it is currently conducting internal tests for Messenger voice commands.

Find love with the best LGBT dating apps for iOS and Android

If you're looking to meet someone new, look no further than your phone. Whether it's just a date, or you're looking for something a little more serious, here are the best LGBT dating apps available for Android and iOS.
Smart Home

Creepy or convenient? Facebook’s new Portal smart display follows you around the room

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Amazon Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls between FB friends. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you…

2018's 10 best dating apps to help you find the perfect companion

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.

Google to shut down Google+ after exposure of 500,000 users’ data

After Facebook revealed that 50 million users may have been exposed as a result of a security vulnerability, Google announced it discovered a bug that left 500,000 Google+ users exposed. It will also shut down Google+.
Social Media

Sick of Facebook privacy scandals? Here's how to protect your personal data

With a number of security scandals in 2018, it has us questioning if we should get rid of Facebook. Here's how to protect your personal data without deleting your account, as well as how to just nuke the thing altogether.
Social Media

These are the best ways to make an animated GIF

Love sharing GIFs with your friends and peers, but wish you could make your own? Here's how to do so in Photoshop, or using a few other methods that don't require you to shell out a premium fee with each calendar year.
Social Media

Instagram says its A.I. can track down bullying in photos

Instagram is turning to artificial intelligence to help it root out bullying on its platform. Following similar efforts to target bullying in comments, the company now has systems capable of detecting bullying in photos, too.