Somebody App Gets a Stranger to Personally Deliver Messages
Article by George Norman
On 24 Sep 2014
Some messages cannot be sent out via text or email, they need to be delivered n person. But what if you can’t deliver a message in person? Well, this is where the Somebody app comes in. It will find somebody to deliver your message. Someone you don’t know, a stranger, will personally deliver your message.

And since we’re talking about strangers, you may want to know that the Wakie app gets a stranger to call you in the morning and wake you up. Instead of an alarm, you get a call from someone you don’t know.


Thanks to modern technology, we can very easily stay in touch with others – text/SMS, instant messaging (IM), email, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. Still, there are times when a message needs to be delivered in person. The problem arises when the person you want to talk to is far away and you can’t meet up to personally deliver the message.

Somebody, a new app by Miranda July and sponsored by Miu Miu, was created to address this problem. The app will find somebody who is willing to personally deliver your message. Or to put it in other words, the app will get a stranger to verbally deliver your message.

Here’s how it works. Say you want to send a message to your friend Bob. From the app’s interface you can compose the message and add actions and directions. Then you will be presented with a list of people who are close to Bob’s location. Pick somebody from the list and that somebody will find Bob and will personally deliver your message. Your stand-in will get a picture of Bob and Bob will get a picture of your stand-in. You know, so they can recognize one antoher.

“The most high-tech part of Somebody is not in the phone, it’s in the users who dare to deliver a message to a stranger. Half-app / half-human, Somebody is a far-reaching public art project that incites performance and twists our love of avatars and outsourcing — every relationship becomes a three-way. The antithesis of the utilitarian efficiency that tech promises, here, finally, is an app that makes us nervous, giddy, and alert to the people around us,” says the official Somebody app website.

Somebody App – Main Features
  • Create a Script – you can create a script for your stand-in, complete with custom message and custom directions on how to deliver the message (tone of voice, emotional state, facial expressions, things of the sort).
  • Pick a stand-in – you can select who will deliver your message. Stand-ins are rated by fellow app users.
  • Deliver messages – you can choose to deliver messages for fellow app users.
  • Locate recipients – Somebody uses GPS to locate your friend and stand-ins that are in proximity of your friend; the stand-in and your friend get a photo of themselves so they can easily find one another.
The Somebody app is available for free on Apple’s App Store.

Tags: Somebody, app, Apple, iOS, App Store, Miranda July, Miu Miu
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