A red box landed on my desk this morning. A very lovely, bright red box. It was sent to me after I agreed to be one of the 50 founding members of the latest social network We Love Real; the physical network. In a bid to “bring the feeling back to life”, We Love Real, in partnership with Royal Mail have created a network that celebrates the physical; that allows users to (literally) post content to a physical plot in London. I’m intrigued.
So, in my lovely, bright red box is a number of envelopes, all pre-paid and addressed to my plot, which I’m told is a metal cage in the ROA Gallery on Pall Mall. The enclosed letter tells me to “start today”, to have a look through my purse, bag or wallet and choose something to send, something “with a story”.
I’ll be honest, it’s tricky. My purse is a graveyard of unused loyalty cards and receipts. My bag holds a mixture of rotting apple cores, children’s toys and broken pencils. Can I tell a story with these “physical” items as well as I can in 140 characters? Maybe the presence of the physical brings the story to life in a way that Twitter on Facebook just can’t? I don’t know. I’d like to think so. Because I like this idea. It’s bold. And fun. And I’m really really excited to be involved. More excited than I was when I joined Facebook anyway. I just hope people “like” my posts.
If you want to get involved give We Love Real a shout on their twitter page and get posting.