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The Listserve: What Would You Say to a Million People?

07/05/2012

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The first rule of Listserve is, you can talk about anything you want on Listserve. Your life, your secret Bloody Mary recipe, your love of bees. (We’ll get back to the bees.)

That’s the idea, anyway. And at heart, it’s a simple one: go to http://www.thelistserve.com. Enter your email address. And once a day, you’ll receive a message in your inbox from a different randomly chosen member, anonymously, on whatever subject he or she wants to talk about. If your name is drawn, you’ll have 48 hours to compose your thoughts and send them out to everyone else on the list — nearly 17,000 people and counting.

As the tech site Digital Trends puts it, The Listserve is sort of like PostSecret meets Chatroulette; instant, anonymous wideband communication, minus the unsolicited nakedness. It’s the final class project for a group of New York University grad students — Greg…

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