In the mid-1990s, I created a series of some of the earliest interactive web applications. Message in a Bottle was a simple early social media app long before Facebook, Friendster, and even MySpace.
Toss a message in a bottle into the surf of the Internet sea. Eventually, it may wash up in the form of E-mail on someone’s personal beach.
And one day soon, you may be walking in the crisp early morning air along the shore freshly swept clean by the high tide, and at your feet you’ll catch the glimmer of something half-buried in the sand. Could it be…?
Visitors wrote a message that went to a random stranger with whom they could start a conversation. This was years before spam, open mail relays, and code injection were serious concerns on the internet.