Okay, this from Valleywag via Crain’s goes right into the WTF category. The SketchFactor is an app appearing today on iTunes that will allow users to avoid the sketchy areas of a neighborhood and report on sketchy characters.

Here is a cut and paste from the app’s announcement on its website. 

August 7, 2014 – New York, NY. Today, August 8, SketchFactor launches. A first-of-its-kind navigation app, SketchFactor crowdsources walking directions based on users’ experiences on city streets. By showing the sketchiness of an area, SketchFactor takes the guesswork out of city navigation.

Like Sweetch and other app developers who only wanted to do something for the public good by selling public parking spaces (thereby saving the environment the cost of drivers circling for parking), I can imagine these two developers sweetly thinking that it would be oh-so-helpful to steer users away from trouble. Oh yes, let’s make the whole world safe and paranoid.

Really? Maybe its best for some app developers to stay in the suburbs. And where are the guiding lights of tech? Some are giving prizes and encouraging such apps. Come on guys, you can do better.