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New ways to wake up

I don’t know about you, but I am a snoozer. It’s bad. Really, really bad. I hit the snooze button 5 times yesterday.This morning it was 4 times, but I admit, I badly wanted those extra 9 minutes one more snooze would’ve gotten me.

Sadly, for those like me, snoozing has now become expensive, both financially and socially. Two new apps are on the market that will change the way you wake up. The first is Snooze by LetGive, a charitable giving organization that works with charities like DoSomething.org and Action Against Hunger. This app charges you $0.25 every time you hit the snooze button and donates it to a charity. It’ll let you know how much money you’ve sent to these organizations twice a month and I’m sure my bill would be pretty high by the end of the month. At least it’s for a good cause!

The second is OKITE by the Japanese developer Eureka. This app connects with Twitter so that every time you hit snooze a weird and/or embarrassing tweet goes out to your followers. Some examples of tweets it could send include, “Dressed as a sailor now” and “Not enough talented people like me in the world.” Depending on who follows you, this would be a great way to make sure you get up right away. Who knows what looks you’d get if your coworkers saw something like this on Twitter at 730 in the morning.

I, for one, would love to try these apps but temporarily. Let’s be honest, I would most likely have no money to buy groceries and my Twitter Followers would probably unfollow me for being even weirder than usual. For those snoozers out there, would you ever download these apps and do you think they’d be successful at getting you up and out of bed?

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