Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know this is truly anonymous?

The only thing retained in the log files is a randomly generated unique identifier per user. All message content is filtered out. Check it out for yourself! This is an open source project.

Can I save my conversations?

No. EchoRemix does not store any of the messages sent by users. Conversations are destroyed as soon as either user clicks Next Conversation.

What if someone takes a screenshot?

If you're concerned that what you've said could be embarrassing if it were traced back to you, then be sure to use a generic nickname like John Doe and refrain from sharing any personally identifiable information.

What if I want to continue my conversation?

Feel free to exchange email addresses or Twitter handles so you can get in touch in the future.

Is it ok to play devil's advocate?

Absolutely. Just remember to stay civil and to keep the tone constructive.

What do I do if someone is attacking me?

If you ever feel uncomfortable during a conversation, remember that you're in control. Don't hesitate to push Next Conversation. You won't be matched with the same person again during the same session. Because every user is anonymous, beware that as soon as you close your browser, you'll be treated as a brand new user again. As a result, there's no way for the system to police bad user behavior or to know who you might be matched with in the future.

Are there other tools you'd recommend?

If you're looking for other tools to help you address the issue of political echo chambers, you may want to check out some of these projects.

  • Ven - A chrome extension that shows you if the news in your Facebook feed is from a publisher typically shared by people who lean politically left or right.
  • Read Across The Aisle - A mobile app that encourages you to regularly get news from multiple sources across the political spectrum.
  • PolarNews - A daily newsletter that presents articles with polarized perspectives side by side so readers can recognize the biases in what they're reading and then form their own opinions.