I thought of that anticipation, that feeling of getting a letter from someone and you don’t know what they look like.
Hong Kong developer Kevin Wong was worn out by social media. The stress from its constant immediacy got him reminiscing about his old pen pals, and ultimately inspired him to create SLOWLY – a social platform for savouring correspondence.
This is not an ordinary social networking app. There are no profile photos to upload. Instead, you pick an illustrated avatar. It may feel strange at first. But, isn’t it refreshing to set appearances aside for a little mystery? First impressions are solely made through words, which means no more throwaway messages. You’ll have to put extra thought into your profile and find interesting things to talk about to find like-minded friends.
Next comes writing your first letter. Take your time to describe yourself, including background, interests and whatever other details say the most about you. Just don’t rush it. Remember, the app is called SLOWLY. And unlike other platforms, a detailed profile won’t leave your account to languish in limbo. In-depth introductions generate discussions. When you’re finished, send your letter off and the app will pair you up with a pen pal.
If you don’t get an immediate response, relax. The app simulates the snail mail experience. Depending on the distance between pen pals, your letter will take two hours to two days to arrive. This takes some of the pressure off of responding instantly and makes every letter something to anticipate.
Wait patiently and you’ll be rewarded with a letter from far away. It will even come with a cool, collectable postage stamp.
Already looking forward to connecting with your future friends? Set aside some time, sit down and put thought into each word. From writing and waiting to receiving, this is an experience to be enjoyed. SLOWLY is all about the process.