Once you have the flu you will probably have plenty of time to miserably think who infected you. Now, with a new Facebook application, you can finger many of your Facebook friends as the culprits.
“Help, My Friend Gave Me the Flu”
is a new app that scans through friends' pages on the social network looking for tell-tale words such as sneezing, coughing or vomiting, and also logs check-ins to see if your paths may have crossed, according
to the New York Daily News. As the app says on its Facebook page:
Hello. I’m sorry you have the flu. Nothing will make you feel better like finding somebody to blame.
The app is from Help
, an irreverent pharmaceutical company that markets its small packets of over-the-counter drugs with a single active ingredient, less dyes and coatings. Its website features answers to such questions as "Help, I'm sexually frustrated" (it pops up a bottle of beer) to "Help, I hate my eyebrows" (it shows three people with and without eyebrows and writes, "You are lucky you have any eyebrows at all.")
The app has a "Who Made Me Sick" button that tracks down people who may have the flu and allows the user to message the prime suspects or -- of course! -- purchase Help flu or cold remedies.
While this is certainly no Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu update
, it does provide some amusement among friends.