New app puts awkwardness back into instant messaging

If you don't like the impersonal nature of sending an IM, Somebody app (opens in new tab) provides a way to inject a human touch into the situation. Instead of your message being sent to the named recipient, it gets sent to the Somebody user who is geographically closest to them. That person, aided by a photograph, then approaches your contact and reads them your message.

It's the work of artist and filmmaker Miranda July (opens in new tab), who collaborated with designer Thea Lorentzen (opens in new tab) and a team of developers from Stinkdigital (opens in new tab). She also created this informative video which demonstrates the possibilities that this app opens up:

Somebody is available for iOS now.

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Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 16 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for numerous publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, ImagineFX, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq. For Creative Bloq, she mostly writes about web design, including the hottest new tools, as well as 3D artwork and VFX.