Popletters Announces Public Launch of Web's First Open Letter Forum

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New UGC site invites anyone anywhere to publish any letter to anyone at any time, for any reason -- and invites everyone else to read, upvote, downvote and comment on their fellow users' letters.

“Even in our early beta period, we’ve been amused and amazed by the passion, energy and romantic problems of our little band of users,” said co-founder Katrina Krantz. “We’re convinced we’ve hit on a great UGC idea in ‘open letters."

Popletters, the web’s first open letter community, today announced the launch of its public post-beta site. Unique among microblogging sites, Popletters enables anyone to post anonymous (or non-anonymous) open letters addressed to individuals, corporations, celebrities and anyone (or anything) else the imagination permits. Writers can also opt to have their letters forwarded by Popletters to the person to whom they’re writing -- which has no doubt led to some interesting personal exchanges -- and place their letters into searchable, followable topics that are designed to evolve into social hubs as the Popletters community grows and, at least in some senses, matures.

“Even in our early beta period, we’ve been amused and amazed by the passion, energy and romantic problems of our little band of users,” said co-founder Katrina Krantz. “We’re convinced we’ve hit on a great UGC idea in ‘open letters.’ After all, what’s a better use of the web than a ‘personal’ note that you actually want the whole world to read?”

Some popular recent topics include the debt ceiling, Canada’s Got Talent and, um, beanie babies. The site is also notable for having selected the narwhal as its mascot/icon. “Narwhals are unique and provocative,” said co-founder Matt Rossetta, “qualities that they share with our maverick letter writers.”

To protect those mavericks, Popletters has spent considerable time and effort developing technology to ensure that the identity of any letter poster is untraceable; in fact, the company itself never has any knowledge of its users’ identities unless they choose to self-disclose. “Security is an essential part of what we offer our writers,” said co-founder Daniel Bohannon. “We take it so seriously that our servers are socked away in a bomb shelter. Really.”

Based in Glen Park, San Francisco, Popletters is privately held.

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