slo-th.network is an ongoing experiment that tries to bring back the dimension of time to communication. A slow-paced social network focused on reflection and expressed through letters. An oasis in the attention economy, if you like. It's not meant to replace fast social media, or your email inbox, but rather to give you a just break.
Most distinctively, the slo-th.network delivers new letters only once a day. No pull-to-refresh here. And unlike most social media, there is no news feed to be found. No hierarchies, algorithms, search and sort options, or even an overview. Just one letter at a time, to pause and reflect upon.
When ready, you are invited to reply with your own thoughts or read another letter. But, to further optimise the conditions for reflection, letters can only be written with Wi-Fi turned off.
As you will find, navigation between letters is, contrary to the norm, random. This might feel disorienting at first but this is for your own good; to foster serendipity and occasionally have you revisit, and reevaluate, old thoughts. But the randomness also implies that every response letter should be able to stand on its own. Therefore it's suggested to exercise your paraphrasing skills.
What's being discussed is also defined by time, or as we say; a season. Instead of relying on hashtags, the community corresponds on one particular topic at a time, to eventually shifts its focus over to another. We feel like this makes it easier for us all to stay in tune with each other.
As we are a community, every mailbox is open for anyone to slide into. Interventions and hijacking of correspondence are also highly encouraged. But, to circumvent the noisyness that often comes with social media every user receives only seven stamps a week – so, you'd better collect your thoughts mindfully.