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This goes on for 20 days and at the end of the pairing, you can send each other one message.
"Twenty days was deliberate," said Slavin. It's enough to begin to get a sense of the person's rhythms, but it's also a short-enough amount of time to understand that the connection is precious, he said. "So you have to pay attention."
Right now the app is in the beta stage and Slavin admits it's buggy. They made a conscious decision to not save any of the data, which makes development "ten times more difficult" than other apps, he said. But right now, they're soliciting applications to test the app with 1,000 people. Once they run the 20-day cycle, they'll put it in Apple's App Store and also work on developing it for Android phones with the goal of getting another 10,000 people on board.
With 20 Days a Stranger, someone can participate anonymously in your life for a brief period of time.
"You won't have to control your message; you won't have to spin it," said Slavin. "The only story you'll tell is what someone else will imagine."