Rando is the latest app from Contrast, makers of popular nerd utilitiesLaunch Center Pro and Perfect Weather. "It's totally outside my typical productivity app wheelhouse, but it's a concept I've been toying with for over a year now," developer David Barnard told us in an email." Open up Rando and it gives you three options: photo, GIF, and quote. Photos come from your camera roll, GIFs are powered by Giphy, and the quotes comes from ... somewhere? Anyway, for GIFs and quotes Rando will present you with a set of emotions and attempt to find content that fits. Tap "LOL" for example, and you may see a GIF of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow get his dreadlocks stuck inside a jar!
The most disturbing feature of Rando, which should probably be illegal, is its ability to send content "blindly" — that is, without you seeing what it is. In other words, Rando will send your crush a random photo from your camera roll — easily the worst idea we have ever heard of, and we covered Clinkle. Barnard says the blind sending is a gimmick — "but it's also interesting on a deeper level," he says. "Building and testing it has forced me to think a lot about what I share and why as well as what embarrassing photos might be lurking deep in my camera roll." As someone who knows exactly what's lurking on my camera roll, I can assure you I will never use this feature in 10,000 years.
Rando has other flaws. Messages all get an unwanted signature: "Found this via Rando." And the app tries to send everything blindly by default, requiring you to tap on a blurry square for every message just to see what Rando found. But the app still feels charming anyway: it's for those people you find yourself wanting to say something to, even when you don't have anything in particular to say.
Rando is now available on iOS .