A Messaging Service By Miranda July


It‘s back!

Send your friend a message… a stranger will deliver it verbally! Or you can deliver someone else’s message!

Somebody works when lots of people in the same area download it—so invite your friends!

Created with support from



It’s back!

Send your friend a message… a stranger will deliver it verbally! Or you can deliver someone else’s message!

Somebody works when lots of people in the same area download it—so invite your friends!

Created with support from


Watch the Movie!

Writen and Directed By
Miranda July
Commissioned For
Miu Miu's "Women's Tales"
World Premiere
Venice Film Festival, 2014


More About Somebody

When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. 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.


Miranda July conceived of Somebody in March 2014 and worked with the designer Thea Lorentzen and a team of developers to quickly make the complex, gps-based messaging system. The project was created with support from MIU MIU along with a companion film - part of MIU MIU's women's tales series. The app and the movie premiered on August 28th, 2014. After an enthusiastic (but slightly frustrated!) response, Somebody was rebuilt from scratch. Version 2.0 was released in April 2015, for iOS and Android. The app continues to be improved, with new features in development and your feedback in mind.


SHOW US HOW YOU USE SOMEBODY!

Send us a video, photo, email and we’ll share it!
Send to: mj@somebodyapp.com

WANT TO WRITE ABOUT SOMEBODY?

For media inquiries: mj@somebodyapp.com
For press release and images: download media kit


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. TAP "COMPOSE" AND PICK THE FRIEND YOU WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO.
  2. WRITE YOUR MESSAGE! You can add actions and directions to make sure your stand-in performs it exactly right.
  3. PICK YOUR SOMEBODY. You will be shown a list of people near your friend. Decide which stranger is your best stand-in by looking at their photo, likes, and rating.
  4. SEND! Both your Somebody and friend will be asked if now's a good time. If it is, your Somebody will be given your friend's picture and location on a map so they can meet up. Your stand-in gives an amazing performance as you! (You'll get a notification when your friend has gotten the message.)
  5. FLOATING. If there's no one nearby to deliver the message (or if now's not a good time for your friend) your message will be floated for other strangers to pick up.
You can send a message to your facebook friends and anyone in your contacts list who has also signed up with Somebody. Don’t see someone you want to send a message to? Invite them! You can send invitations to your friends by tapping on the “+” sign on the "Add Friends" page.
Unpredictable, undocumented, fleeting interactions with strangers can bring great joy and inspiration! Pretending to be someone else is liberating. The feeling is a little like Truth or Dare + Charades.
Check "Floating" and see if there are any messages waiting to be delivered to people near you. Pick one, tap "Deliver it" and if now's a good time for them, you'll have 45 minutes to find the recipient (we show you where they are on a map.) When you deliver the message really try to express the sender's feelings and intentions! YOU ARE THE BEATING HEART OF SOMEBODY!
As a Somebody user, you can send a message from anywhere in the world! Somebody relies on the receiver’s GPS. We use this location to try and find another user to deliver the message. If there is no one around, we’ll “float” the message for a user to pick up and deliver later.
Somebody uses your GPS location to find a stand-in near you that can deliver the sender’s message. By allowing your location, you provide a more detailed location history and a higher likelihood your message will be delivered.
When there’s no one around to deliver a message, it goes to a “floating” list. Users interested in being a stand-ins can browse nearby floating messages and pick one to deliver.
Each time a message is sent and received, we ask the recipient to give the stand-in a rating. Based on how many stars they average and how many messages they’ve delivered, you can choose who you’d like to enlist. You also might want to stare at their profile picture and their "likes."
You can change your status to "Do Not Disturb" if you’re unavailable for messages. Additionally, you'll always be asked if now's a good time before your location is shared with a stand-in.
You can change your status to "Do Not Disturb" if you’re unavailable for messages.
Miranda July. You can contact her at mj@somebodyapp.com.
Yes. You can request deletion by emailing support@somebodyapp.com from your active account’s email address.