Paper-prototype: click for full-size
Sketch: click for full-size


At the weekend I spent a couple of hours sketching out some ideas for a new app. This app will probably never become anything more than some ideas on paper. CAVEAT: I'm fully aware that there may already be this exact app idea or this exact app name out there but I thought of an idea and drew it out so whatever is out there already isn't mine and this isn't theirs either.

The whole app is centered around a map and a button - click the button to alert people to stuff that's happening (good or bad), pulsing markers appear on the map to show that stuff. Apps need catchy names so this one is called "Shit's Goin' Down". I'm not normally a sweary person... but what the hell!

Main screen. Button to alert people, map to show alerts.

What could people send alerts for? I was imagining you could use this in bad situations such as flood waters rising, rivers bursting banks, looting, fire, police cordon, fights, powercuts... all mostly centered around warning people. Good alerts are more marketable - bands playing, events, flashmobs, freebies, etc.

Good Shit Bad Shit


M💗P = Minimum Lovable Product


M💗P: the minimum that I think that this app would need in order to be useful and fun for people:

  • Twitter Authentication (to allow the app to send tweets from your account)
  • Location (to grab your geolocation and add it to the tweet)
  • Access to Twitter's API (in order to collect the data to map it)
  • Location map (to see where things were happening)
  • Time Degradation (misspelling!) (to allow markers on the map to fade over time)


An example tweet
An example tweet

Button pushes would post tweets. Independent from this the app would then be able to monitor Twitter to gather markers to add to maps.

So... what do you think? It's a bit of a fun project but I think it has potential.