Date
17 December 2017
A viral app called 'Who wakes me up' sure beats having to put up with the endless ringing and beeping of an alarm clock. Photo: Internet
A viral app called 'Who wakes me up' sure beats having to put up with the endless ringing and beeping of an alarm clock. Photo: Internet

Would you let a stranger wake you up? Many would

Morning alarm is annoying, right?

But an app called “Who wakes me up” will make the exercise less so. It might even make things interesting, especially when you don’t know who is going to get you out of bed next morning. 

Little wonder it’s making the rounds on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform.

The app works like this: you download the app, then record and upload audio. It can be something like “rise and shine”, uttered by you, or a song, not necessarily yours. Either way, it’s more pleasant than the endless ringing or beeping of an alarm clock.

If you select random mode, you won’t know who is making the wakeup call. If you like the voice, you could send the caller a message — “thank you” would be nice — and maybe you two could become friends. 

That makes the app an enabler of social interaction at the same time.

What happens if you ignore the alarm?

You’ll never know who called you, which is why the app is fun and addictive.

Many netizens say they now look forward to waking up every day.

That may not be entirely true but numbers don’t lie.

Since it became available, the app has been downloaded more than three million times from Tencent’s app store alone.

The app’s creator also seems to have made early birds of Shanghai and Shanghai Zhonglu Group and angel fund PreAngel which were among its first investors.  

So what sparked this alarm app idea?

Wang Zefeng, co-founder of 8000m.net that developed the app, recently let the media in on the story.

It seems that Ren Wenyong, chief executive of 8000m.net, had been under so much pressure to grow the startup he had been losing a lot of sleep.

When Ren heard the sound of a woman waking him in a dream, the idea for a wake-up app struck him, according to Wang.

Which was just as well, because an earlier venture — a group buying site — had been a nightmare.

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RA

EJ Insight writer

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