The Discrete Dialogue Network is a telephony-based communication
network for leaving anonymous voice messages to strangers in public
This network proposes an alternative to the flatness of common online
social networks. It is a medium that works outside the business of
profile pictures, status updates and “Like”-buttons. People can connect by leaving anonymous voice messages in public space
and listen to what has been previously recorded. A sticker showing a
unique number serves as the link between a location and a voicemail
box. When calling, a person has access to all previously left messages,
and can record their own voice message.
Unheard poetry in a backyard, the secrets of an abandoned lot, gossip
in the ladies room, wisdom from a park bench, threats of the red-light
district, can now be shared with the people you do not want to meet,
and would never add to your LinkedIn-profile. The system embraces
exchange with people outside one’s known friends-list, capitalizes of
the significance of place and draws invisible connections between
strangers as they leave voice messages at the same location. All audio content is solely available through calling and is not
accessible on the world wide web. The only way to access the network is
to find a sticker-tag that has been left behind by someone. The network
does not require any conventional registration procedure and does not
ask for personal data. Since the project is based on the Open Source
telephony software freeswitch, enthusiasts are encouraged to build
their own Discrete Dialogue Network through an online toolkit.
Discrete Dialogue Network by Birgit Bachler (2011) from V2_ on Vimeo.