Bridging the gap from URL to IRL

Friday, February 23rd, 2018, 5:53 pm

In May last year, The Hindu published a story about how a social media community was helping people across the globe find catharsis. Founded by Jovanny Varela in 2015, the Internet-based community, the Artidote, began its journey as an Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook presence that shared inspirational poetry attached to art. In 2017, through his Snapchat account, Varela introduced what he calls, SnapThoughts, where fellow Artidotees would send across their deepest emotions and secrets anonymously. The founder would then curate the shared photographs on his Snapchat story, and it soon became a place where people would come to bond, heal, vent, and often just connect with one another.