Getting arrested while occupying Wall Street? Well, there's an app for that.
A new application for the Android, I'm Getting Arrested, has opened up in the market. It is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Protests.
According to the description, I'm Getting Arrested enables anyone, with one click, to broadcast a custom message to SMS numbers in the event they are arrested.
The premise of this application is very simple. Users write a text message, before they are arrested. Then the user programs several contacts into the application, such a lawyer, spouse, mother or father. Before the cuffs are slapped on, the user hits one button and the message is sent out to all the contacts.
The creator of the application is Brooklyn resident Jason Van Anden. He is a software developer who was inspired to create such an application when his girlfriend, an Occupy Wall Street protester, was arrested. Moments later, he was informed by a colleague who explained the situation.
With that inspiration, for two nights Van Anden worked on creating the application. It is now available on Android Market. Van Anden hopes to release another version for the iPhone as soon as possible.
While he admits that he has been too busy to attend the demonstration, he says he is happy to help contribute to the movement in any way he can.
The fact that there was an opportunity for me to contribute something was awesome, he said.
And this app has certainly taken off. As of Monday, over 9,000 people have downloaded I'm Getting Arrested to their phones.
The application received generally positive reviews too, with an average rating of 4.4 on the Android Market.
Great app... Location a must! Contacts for easy access. Phone lock. Thanks, I hope all goes well with this app. We may need it here, said one user of the application on Android Market watch who identified herself as Tracy.