The Listserve: Brilliant or Bad Idea?

Tech 2012/05/06 23:55:09
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“If you had the chance to speak to one million people, what would you say?” That’s the tagline for The Listserve, a new website that allows you to e-mail “the world.”

So here’s how it works: First, go to www.thelistserve.com and enter your e-mail address. Then, once a day you’ll receive a message from a different randomly chosen The Listserve subscriber. (There are currently just under 17,000.) If your e-mail address is selected, you then have three days to respond with your submission so that it can be forwarded to the list.

The tech site Digital Trends describes The Listserve as a cross between PostSecret and Chatroulette (minus the unsolicited nudity). You can send text, photos, or videos. You can share your identity or remain anonymous. You can confess your darkest secrets, give fashion tips, share recipes, or comment on current events. Whatever your heart desires. (Except porn or viruses—those will be weeded out.)

The ListServe was created as a final class project by a group of NYU grad students—Greg Dorsainville, Josh Begley, Yoonjo Choi, Alvin Chang, and Zeno Koo.

“The basic idea that it comes from is to see what people do when given a spotlight,” Begley told Betabeat. “I’ve long been curious about that idea. You know, even on Facebook when you see a bunch of friends having this perception that a lot of people are listening, sometimes we end up doing crazy, heartfelt or surprising things. So we’re just trying to create a scenario in which that can happen in a low budget way.”

The team argued that one of the things that makes their site different from other large-scale e-mail lists is the fact that it is not organized around a specific theme, topic, or idea. Instead, The Listserve has the potential to expose users to people and ideas that are outside their normal realm of existence.

“The obstacle that most people have now is that they are in silos, they talk to people of like-mindendess,” said Dorsainville. “When I thought of the use cases of getting an email from someone you don’t know and you don’t know the topic it will be about, it’s an antithesis to that type of behavior.”

So SodaHeads, what do you think about The Listserve? Brilliant or bad idea?

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  • Anthony Souls 2012/05/07 00:54:11
    Anthony Souls
    I think it's an awesome social lottery idea. I signed up just for the hell of it, what will people use it to say?

    Take care,

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  • EmpathyReigns 2012/06/27 23:28:55
    Bad Idea
    Some of the worst thing has come form taglines ,twitter,faceboo. It take bullying to a new height. but on the other hand it can be a useful tool.( a blessing form the sky).
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/18 15:03:21
    cool I'll try it...
  • Seeker of Truth - War Wizard 2012/05/17 21:20:30 (edited)
    Bad Idea
    Seeker of Truth - War Wizard
    This seems like a low-tech version of twitter or blogs.... If you want to see random messages from people, then just browse blogspot, wordpress, etc...

    This doesn't even take into account that you are basically signing up for a large email spam list.
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/05/07 22:33:18
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    sounds like fun
  • Kira 2012/05/07 21:29:41
    dude i can tell the world to kis my ass lol jk
  • Emily 2012/05/07 20:59:09
    I think it is a rlly good idea
  • Jeremy Villa 2012/05/07 18:48:22
    Jeremy Villa
    I think it's a pretty good idea.prettypretty
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/05/07 17:13:18
    Bad Idea
    Inquisitve Kat
    Haven't we always done this sort of thing, only with forums and blogs?
  • dhampir 2012/05/07 15:52:23
    sounds good. but i swear after the first "your mom" im taking mine off the list.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/05/07 15:16:41
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Sounds kind of like what you can already to with Social Media - blogging, photos, video - but instead of waiting for someone to happen across it, you're sending it out to some random folks. If I were an aspiring writer, artist, photographer, musician, etc... this could actually be very useful.
  • EFRENGRDZ 2012/05/07 15:12:11
    Spammers are probably getting ready. Hopefully the postings are revised before being published
  • MorganRae 2012/05/07 15:09:08
    Very interesting concept, although i'm sure many many people wont respect the regulations. Also, the email flow would get pretty annoying for me.
  • keverton 2012/05/07 15:01:33
    cool, thanks to sodahead, listserv is now going to grow by 78%..
    and i just signed up..
  • joshua ben-ami 2012/05/07 14:51:45
    joshua ben-ami
    Sounds interesting and involvement would appear to be voluntary so not a true "spam" , but likely someone will figure out a method to corrupt and use the "list" for more nefarious purposes...
  • geneticmistake 2012/05/07 12:42:57
    Sounds fascinating. Who knows what interesting tidbit might turn up in the inbox. As long as the one email is the only communication I'll get from them I might try this. Have to check the TOS.
  • FISH 2012/05/07 12:04:13 (edited)
    Bad Idea
    I will do my own seeking for answers and information and chose for myself. I don't want to have others sending me propaganda. I spend one to two hours a day on computer/smart phone, we have enough social networks out on the internet.
  • FJ 2012/05/07 11:55:29
    In fact if I could rate this above brilliant I would!
  • Fenabarb 2012/05/07 10:42:49
    my question would be how do I win the 70 million tattslotte tomorrow. lol
  • jiggy 2012/05/07 08:31:34
    And like, 25 years old... even the name is ripped.
  • TKramar 2012/05/07 06:50:57
    Anything you post on the Internet is available to a million people. If they're looking for it.
  • Wizard 2012/05/07 06:35:06
    Can I send them my website url?
  • YodaHead 2012/05/07 06:23:00
    Awe. Some.
  • Juliet 2012/05/07 05:58:35
    i think this is a great idea. i have already signed up and cant wait to get my first email :)
  • Ocean Eyes 2012/05/07 04:48:39
    Ocean Eyes
    Signed up.
  • Gregaj7 2012/05/07 04:46:18
    Bad Idea
    Some will run with this. I don't need anymore emails as it is.
  • Osaka Gregaj7 2012/05/07 04:58:21
    Make another email. :)
  • Gregaj7 Osaka 2012/05/07 05:09:31
  • Osaka Gregaj7 2012/05/07 05:24:13
    If you're curious and sometimes you might enjoy something if you try.

    If it losses its magic, unsubscribe clean your inbox and use the email for something else. ^_^

    If you remember your password, no need to connect the email to anything.
  • CREW grand 2012/05/07 04:17:41
    Bad Idea
    CREW grand
    Just what I need, more junk mail from weird strangers.

  • addie CREW grand 2012/05/07 05:06:31
    Oh, I am going to start soda mailing you, then, now that I know! you're welcome.
  • CREW grand addie 2012/05/07 06:24:19
    CREW grand
    I'm only up to date on my mail here through April 10th.
    1467 unread happenings.
    I don't even want to think what my proper email looks like.
    Hold on, though; I'll check it now just for kicks....
    Yahoo: 1419 unread
    Gmail isn't as bad because I just opened it this year, but it still needs attention:


  • addie CREW grand 2012/05/07 07:04:41
    Oh, buh-ruh-ther! Did you send yourself all of those emails for that screen shot? lol
  • CREW grand addie 2012/05/07 15:07:55
    CREW grand
    I can only wish I had the time to engage in such fakery.
    It's nothing to be proud of.
    My Unread batch looks like this:


  • addie CREW grand 2012/05/07 15:37:57
    Oh, I believed you! lol
  • CREW grand addie 2012/05/07 20:42:08
    CREW grand
    I haven't been to Yahoo Answers for three or four years but every week or two I still get a notice that one of my answers was chosen as a Best Answer. :)

  • addie CREW grand 2012/05/08 01:43:53
    I am not surprised. You give good answers, but i am not going to tell you that because I do not want to feed your ego!
  • CREW grand addie 2012/05/08 05:52:17
  • Relay 2012/05/07 03:37:43
    it sounds really fun, sadly i don't have the time for it....
  • ★misfit★ 2012/05/07 03:22:08
    I signed up.
  • Catie 2012/05/07 03:05:54
    I love PostSecret and Omegle (which is like Chatroulette), and if The Listserve is anything like those two websites, then it should be right up my ally. I think I'll sign up :)

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