Last week I read via the Prompt-ly site of a website called The Listserve. The site planned to go live at the point of having 10,000 subscribers and at the point I joined the list it had just under 12,000. The site describes itself as an email lottery. Each day a subscriber is given the platform to write whatever they wish and post to everyone who is subscribed. Once your email address has been selected to write the post for a particular day you have three days to respond.
Now, that amount of email freedom can be either used well or completely inappropriately and a whole load of stages in between. This has the potential to be a really good platform for serious, positive and thoughtful discussion. There is also the possibility of reading posts that I find unacceptable - abuse, excessive violence, post things that are against our individual values. I guess we have to accept that in a virtual world those things happen and if that is the case then remove your email address from the list.
What though, if the post is a suicide note or a note of despair or of abuse? I don't know what the answer is. A similar debate happened regarding the Post Secret site and a great article is HERE.
A few fellow reader of the Prompt-ly site wrote a post in response, which you can read HERE. From further reading and questions it seems that the site organiser is taking responsibility if thing really do go down the pan. I hope not.
This is an opportunity, not just to write about whatever your passion or worry is, but an opportunity to perhaps influcence others and a great social experiment.
So, given this opportunity, if you could write anything that would be sent to say, a million people what would it be?