It started with a mysterious tweet asking me if I’d be interested in getting involved in a new social network. ‘Sure’ I said, tell me more. It turns out the social network involves sending actual bits of mail to a real-life address. My intrigue was huge, my interest large and indeed my curiosity colossal. Tick followed tock, emails between myself and this network they call ‘Real‘ flew back and forth and before I knew it, the rather wonderful package below arrived on my desk…
So you physically send stuff in?!?
Yes. You use the freepost envelopes to send items of your choice to the network. These items are then displayed within a ‘plot’ in a gallery in London. I am one of the 50 ‘founder members’ (I’m plot #67) and there are 100 plots in total. The plot owners can communicate with each other via mail – the people at Real collect and distribute the little cards with hand-written messages. The plots can be viewed online here or visited in real life. It’s all about the joy of mail and I must admit, when the weighty pack arrived, I was blooming well excited. I’ve now sent my first items to Real (Real supply plenty of postage paid envelopes) and there was indeed something special about sealing up the crisp white envelope and sending it on its merry way.
I happen to have an invite, if you want it, please leave a comment below telling me why you still love the Real and tangible aspects of life and I will pick my favourite. Of course, the invite will be sent via post!
What do you think about this project? Great idea? Not so much? Let me know in the comments below!
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