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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Somebody 2.0: The App That Lets You Send and Deliver In-Person Messages

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

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Earlier this year we introduced you to performance-artist Miranda July's latest piece Somebody: an app that delivers your text messages in person.  We also went ahead and had one of our writers try it too — but the quirks of the app kept her from truly experiencing something like the first promo video, and users, like Kirsten Dunst, were quick to share the error messages they received with July.

But now — the initial kinks have been worked out and Somebody 2.0 is readying to debut. 

The problems plaguing Somebody 1.0 must have been widespread beyond our writer and Dunst, as the Tumblr post announcing 2.0's incoming arrival says: "It’s just like Somebody 1.0 but it works."

The accompanying impending-2.0 video of July and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) lists the functions that have been fixed for the latest version of the app and notes 2.0 will also be available on android. 

So if you were hesitant to try Somebody the first time around, you'll get your chance in a few months. When the app hits the internet, we'll let you know — maybe via an in-person message? 

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