Aherk is a very simple app that you can use to help you reach goals. Wit Aherk, you define a goal and a deadline. You then upload a photo you consider compromising or embarrassing. At the end of the deadline, your friends vote on whether you achieved the goal or not. If you failed to meet the goal, the embarassing photo is uploaded to your Facebook account.Show more screenshots »
The app is extremely simple and very social. Those aspects have help it receive a number of positive media reviews. Thrillist.com, killerstartups.com, trendhunter.com and many other blogs and online magazines have written about Aherk since it was launched in 2011. The concept of the blog - self blackmail - is responsible for the large number of reviews. Little marketing has been done for the app.
The concept of self blackmail is rare among apps. This alone makes the app stand out from others. Aherk is also much simpler than most apps - you set a goal and a deadline and upload an embarrassing photo of yourself. If your friends consider that you didn't meet the deadline, the photo is uploaded to your Facebook account.
The app is simple to use. Once you sign into the app, you write your goal in the provided box. Then you set a deadline and upload a photo that you consider embarrassing. The photo selection is one of the weaknesses of the app. The user chooses the photo to blackmail himself or herself with. Many of the photos used are baby pictures, funny faces, and other types of photos that probably don't truly embarrass the user. The app relies more on social pressure - publicly stating a goal on Facebook - than on the potential embarrassment of the photos. The app also makes it easy to browse other people's goals - both failed and successful. This gives it some entertainment value.
To register, you click into your Facebook account and accept the app. It asks for permissions to access your data and to post on your behalf. First-time app users must then select their time zone so the app can determine what time zone to use in setting deadlines. You are then ready to set your first goal.
Aherk is a free app.
The app may be of use to people who frequently fail at their goals and who respond well to peer pressure. While the user is supposed to upload an embarrassing photo to be posted if he or she fails at the goal, the effectiveness is likely minimal. The user can choose the photo and many of the photos are mildly embarrassing, if at all. The effectiveness, though, may come from simply publicly announcing your goal. If this helps you meet your targets, the app may be worth a try.