Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking
What Is This?
There are times in life when you want to ask someone a question or tell them a secret and you suspect (or hope) that they might be thinking the same thing, but it's awkward to bring it up. This is why Aytwit was created. For an example let's say it's the holidays and there's a father who had a fight with his son a few years ago and they haven't spoken since. The father pushes a thought to his son like "I miss you #reunite" and puts the duration at one week. If the son pushes a thought to his father within that time containing the same hashtag, then they will both receive an email containing the other's message. If the son doesn't push a thought, or pushes one with a different hashtag, then nothing happens. To help his chances the father can send a hint to his son that someone wants to #reunite but the son won't know who. If he suspects his father then the son can try to match the thought on Aytwit or not as he sees fit. It's like the ego-saving technique in high school where a guy asks his friend to ask a girl if her friend likes him, but using internet crypto magic instead.
What Are Some More Examples?
  • You're romantically interested in someone from your class or office and think they might be interested too but you have cold feet, #wannaGoOut.
  • Two friends are really busy and don't want to disturb each other but want to know how the other person is doing, #justCheckingUp.
  • New couple is not sure if the other person wants to take it to the next level, #1stBase, #2ndBase, #3rdBase, #4thBase (as appropriate).
  • Longtime couple, both people want to break up but don't want to hurt the other person, #breakup.
  • Married couple with communication problems, both want to get intimate after a long drought but not sure if the other wants to, #letsGetItOn.
  • Married couple trying to stick to a new diet and support each other, but both want to pig out tonight, #screwTheDiet.
  • You have a dream about somebody, want to see if they had a dream about you too, #dreamBuddies.
  • Various other telepathic experiments, #whateverTheyMayBe.
  • Bunch of coworkers want to see if everyone else thinks the new boss is a jerk, #mutiny (when Aytwit supports multiple parties).
  • Estranged family members want to reconnect over the holidays, #reunite (as mentioned above).
  • Two people want to compare potentially embarrassing interests like bucket list items, or sexual preferences, or, #wellLetsLeaveItAtThat.
  • Couple on their first date at a restaurant they both don't like but not sure if the other person feels the same way, #wannaLeave. Explore this last case in more detail here.
Okay But Are You Spying On Me?
No! In the #reunite example, the father's data will be deleted after one week (or on thought match), and encrypted the entire time so that only the father and son can decrypt it. Even Aytwit itself can't decrypt it. Everything is private and anonymous to an utterly paranoid degree, with no creepy tracking or ad integration of any kind. The basic idea is to offer a service in exchange for money and use that money to protect your data, even from the service itself, instead of selling it to the highest bidder and pretending that the service is free. Radical idea, and maybe the world's not ready for it. But more on all this boring privacy stuff here.