Feeling lonely? For whatever reason, there was a whole slew of apps this week that get you connecting with others in mildly creepy ways. Whether its reminiscing about the past, seeing who’s around you and what they’re doing, or drawing total strangers for their enjoyment, there’s a friend out there waiting for you. Go get ’em, tiger.
Thesaurus Rex: Sure, there may already be a veritable cornucopia of dictionaries, thesauruses, and other word reference apps out there, but Thesaurus Rex is the thesaurus app to end all thesaurus apps. Packed with more information than you could ever hope to know and fast to boot, this will become the last word reference software you’ll need. $2.99.
Vizible: When you search Twitter for specific hashtags, you’ll find yourself drowning under a sea of useless results. And there’s no way to narrow your search to images only, if that’s what you’re in the market for. Fortunately for you, Vizible takes on that role and gives you a clean view of nothing but images, all happening right around you. Free.
French Girls: “Draw me like one of your French girls” — whether it’s from seeing Titanic or the incessant pop culture references, chances are you’ve heard the line. Now, there’s an app that lets you take that special magic of allowing strangers to recreate your form with ChatRoulette sensibilities. Receive people’s pictures of themselves to draw, and after a few you can even send one of your own. Free.
ThrowBack: Sharing photos is one of the greatest aspects of social media, and with most of us having a solid few years worth stacked up on Facebook by now, the instant nostalgia they can bring can be addictive. To help you moderate your wistful indulgences, ThrowBack lets you choose the photos you’d like to be reminded of and when in the future exactly you’d like to have them appear. Pre-processed nostalgia may sound like an unholy concept, but it’s hard to deny — it feels good. Free.