Treefingers is the name of an anonymous social experiment that began in 2008. It’s a place where users can express themselves without fear or accountability. A public diary. What do people say when they don’t have a face? As it turns out, they say this:
Users can leave one-dimensional feedback on these anonymous posts, which collectively helps alter the appearance of it. The site becomes a garden of whithering and thriving notions. Over 60,000 thoughts have been planted, and over 500,000 votes have been cast.
The site was never formally advertised, just shared among friends and classmates in 2008 and 2009. A small, persistent following emerged. Memes even formed. Trolls came and went. But for the most part – people behaved. Like, 99% of the time, people behaved. Pretty incredible.