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Journaling app Palmsy offers fake likes from real friends

<p>An oddball new app called Palmsy lets you post to a social media network full of adoring followers who only exist in your imagination. Whether used as a journaling app with a fresh twist or a nicotine patch equivalent for social media addiction, Palmsy prevents the real world from ever seeing your “posts,” storing them on-device, offline and private.</p>
<p>Palmsy’s App Store description says it “lets you make little posts for yourself.” And, at its core, that’s all you’re doing. As for why you’d want to do such a thing, people who have trouble with <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/how-to-use-apples-new-journal-app-with-the-ios-172-update-164518403.html">typical journaling[/url] or <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href="https://www.engadget.com/2008-04-09-mindnode-free-mind-mapping-for-leopard.html">mind-mapping[/url] apps may find it a more inspiring framework. Or, if your social posting habit has gotten out of hand (or you want a break from it for any other reason), it could serve as a way to wean yourself off and give you the dopamine hit without sharing anything publicly.</p>
<span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><p>One clever wrinkle from developer Pat Nakajima is that the app imports your contacts to generate fake likes from them. As <a data-i13n="elm:context_link;elmt:doNotAffiliate;cpos:3;pos:1" class="no-affiliate-link" href="https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/29/palmsy-is-a-device-only-social-network-to-satisfy-your-posting-itch/" data-original-link="https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/29/palmsy-is-a-device-only-social-network-to-satisfy-your-posting-itch/">pointed out[/url] by TechCrunch, Nakajima <a data-i13n="elm:context_link;elmt:doNotAffiliate;cpos:4;pos:1" class="no-affiliate-link" href="https://www.threads.net/@nakajima/post/C4ikF8trZ7B" data-original-link="https://www.threads.net/@nakajima/post/C4ikF8trZ7B">wrote[/url] on Threads that nothing leaves your device or is posted to your contacts, the app’s servers or anywhere else. “It’s just pretend,” he clarified.</p>
<p>If seeing fake likes from real contacts feels a bit too weird, a recent update added the ability to limit the number of faux likes your posts get. You can also set caps on how long you receive them, ranging from a few seconds to a few days.</p>
<p>The app is free and <a data-i13n="elm:context_link;elmt:doNotAffiliate;cpos:5;pos:1" class="no-affiliate-link" href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/palmsy/id6478816320?platform=iphone" data-original-link="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/palmsy/id6478816320?platform=iphone">iOS-only[/url], including iPhone and iPad variants.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/journaling-app-palmsy-offers-fake-likes-from-real-friends-194059136.html?src=rss

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