A new interesting project called Secret Voicemail allows people to anonymously confess to their sins by calling a number and recording a voicemail. The voicemail is then uploaded onto SoundCloud and featured on the project’s website for the rest of the world to hear. It’s basically the audio version of True Confessions, Simply Confess, and good ol’ Reddit.
“Your secrets are safe with the world” is the tagline of Secret Voicemail. Except, if secrets are accessible to the world, they’re not really secrets.
Semantics aside, to gratify my curiosity, I listened to a number of confessions, and couldn’t get through the entire audio of many of them because it felt like eavesdropping on somebody’s therapy session, or worse, stalking that person’s innermost thoughts. It’s discomforting. In one voicemail, a lady confesses to overcharging rent to help with her personal financial burdens. She feels guilty because she’s become good friends with the lessee, but is too afraid to admit to her ‘wrongdoing’. It could just as easily be considered profit-seeking, but to each their own.
In another voicemail, a woman says she’s forgotten what it’s like to connect with another human being because she’s been friendless for so long. The audio was so depressing, that immediately after I went to YouTube to play ATC’s Around The World (La La La).
It seems Secret Voicemail has good intentions.
“This is a safe place for people to connect with others through voice … Let’s help each other, listen, and make this a positive and creative outlet to share!” it says on Secret Voicemail’s tumblr page.
But the service has also generated confessions like “I masturbate at the dinner table”. How nice.
And then there are threats being made: “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
This person could very well be an internet troll or someone practising voiceover artistry. But if it’s real, well, someone’s about to be murdered – by a Liam Neeson impersonator.
It’s interesting that people would want to get something very private off their chest for a result that is quite public and open to scrutiny. To each their own.
The difference audio makes is also quite profound. Reading someone confess to something doesn’t nearly have the same impact as listening to an unknown voice. It’s all very intriguing and nauseating at the same time.