The Overpass phone number is starting to ring more and more these days. I’m thinking of getting a virtual assistant to help answer calls. But it’s not at the volume to warrant that yet. All the SEO work and content we’ve been pumping into the Overpass site is really starting to pay off now.
Mostly, I get one of two types of calls. Either someone is looking for an app to be created (I like these calls) or someone is trying to sell me something (mostly overseas developers or recruitment agents trying to place developers with me).
But I got a strange call yesterday.
Someone called and asked what kind of apps I make. I gave the spiel about games or data apps for our clients — but mostly to create revenue for us.
“I think my wife might be cheating on me and I’m trying to find a way to check her messages,” he said. Oh. This was about Ear Spy. I told him that wasn’t, to my knowledge, technically possible to do. Android and iPhone both try to protect your privacy. One app shouldn’t be able to read the data in another.
He was disappointed.
I was annoyed by his call. I apologised that I couldn’t help him and we hung up.
After I hung up, I realised I should have been more sympathetic to his problem. He was obviously hurting.
But I’m not into violating the privacy of others.
This is one of the problems with having a spy app. Half of the people think you are creepy and the other half don’t think you are creepy enough. The app is simple. We could have made it more invasive but haven’t.
I get one or two emails asking me the same thing each month. Someone wants to spy on a loved one and are disappointed my app won’t let them do that.
Oh well, I’m sure someone else can serve that market better than I can.