Friday, March 7, 2008

Hidden Lives becomes

Dear Hidden Lives community,

We're delighted to be letting you in on a little secret... Hidden Lives is (finally) coming out of beta. And it's got a new name and a bunch of great new features.

The site is now called i-confide and we'll be telling the world about it very soon. The concept however is unchanged.

i-confide is a place to share your innermost thoughts and reflections with the world.

And we wanted to give you - all our early users! - the first opportunity to check out the new site.
(login with your Hidden Lives password).

Explore, confide and check out all the new features such as commenting and favoriting. (For now we'd appreciate if you didn't forward this news onto any blogs or media outlets.) As always we welcome your valuable feedback.

Thanks, and enjoy!

The i-confide team

p.s. make sure you subscribe to the 'showcase' if you want to get the best confides delivered to your inbox.



1. Why did you change the name from Hidden Lives to i-confide?

We had some feedback that suggested the Hidden Lives branding made the site a bit too 'heavy'. Some people thought Hidden Lives only focused on deep, dark secrets and/or skeletons in the closet. The new name of "i-confide" represents a better expression of what the site is all about; sharing your innermost thoughts and reflections. We also want to encourage greater interaction between the people who submit their thoughts and the people who read them. i-confide better illustrates this crucial two-way relationship. Oh, and we like the way "i-confide" sounds when you say it out loud.

2. What's new with i-confide?

Lots. There's greater interaction via commenting and favoriting. And if someone comments or favorites one of your confides, you can get alerted by email. You can also now view the confides in more meaningful ways by seeing the most provocative, obscure, recent and the 'best of' showcase. You can also subscribe to get the showcase delivered to your inbox every week or two. Also you can now upload different images to go with your different confides. And if you don't like any of the existing 'triggers' designed to provoke your reflection, you can invent your own. Can't forget that the site has had a complete re-design not to mention it's been re-developed from the ground up (it's in Ruby for you hackers). Um... there's a few other things which we'll let you discover for yourselves.

3. What about my personal information?

All your personal information and entries submitted to Hidden Lives have been transferred to i-confide. And yes, we're still committed to protecting your anonymity (you choose your username and we never divulge your email). If you want to cancel your account, please get in touch at

4. How do I login to the new i-confide site?

You can use your existing Hidden Lives password to login at If you've forgotten your password, follow the link to get a new one. Of course you can always create a new account with a new email address.

5. What's in store for the future?

We're (still) doing this for love not money. The project has always been an experiment in humanity, and an attempt to prove that the web can be a great medium for meaningful and authentic human interactions. So, we'll see where it takes us!


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The 1,400th Hidden Lives Expression

The best decision I made was...

to not worry about past mistakes and keep moving forward.

Hidden Lives expression from chibakita, 31 years old, United States.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The 1,300th Hidden Lives Expression

I wish the world was . . .

more like Canada.

casxsia, female, 19 years old, Greensburg, United States.

See the original expression at Hidden Lives.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The 1,200th Hidden Lives Expression

I suspect that...

I might be about to make a mistake. It's a great suspicion to harbour, keeps you sharp.nebra, male, 38 years old, Galway, Ireland.
See this expression directly at Hidden Lives.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Beautiful Hidden Lives Entry

I'm ashamed to admit that...

I just broke a promise to someone that I love. And I probably won't let him know.

fakeghosts, female, 16 years old, elsewhere, United States.

Go to this entry on Hidden Lives.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The 1,100th Hidden Lives Expression

I grew up thinking I would one day...

be in control - now I'm not so sure.

Submitted by
AngelaJ07, female, 20 years old, Sydney, Australia.

View this expression at Hidden Lives.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Looking Forward

Coinciding with my return to Australia, I was delighted to see Hidden Lives recently pass 1,000 entries . My first stated goal was to exceed 1,000 expressions from 25 countries.

As of today (27 June 2007), there are 1029 from 29 countries. So first goal met. More to come. More zeroes required.

Apart from some early users returning, the latest surge in traffic has predominantly come from a news posting in the excellent Design Is Kinky which led to a daily traffic record of over 700 unique visitors.

Some other coverage over the past month or two includes:

- a link from online magazine The Cud.
- a linking within the forums (somewhere) at Vogue.
- a link at the blog Look At This.
- a blurb at the 'subset culture' blog

The 1000th Hidden Lives Expression

The best decision I made was...

to leave when it was the time.
1vet4pet, female, 0 years old, City of Dogs, Romania.

View this entry at Hidden Lives.

The 900th Hidden Lives Expression

The lesson I still need to learn is...

that there are people out there that will not hurt me and that I can trust...
Tezza, female, 26 years old, Canberra, Australia.

View this entry at Hidden Lives.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The 800th Hidden Lives Expression

I want to be remembered as. . .

as someone who did what they thought was right, regardless of the consequences.

blank_canvas, male, 23 years old, brisbane, Australia.

View this entry at Hidden Lives.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Some More Mentions

The recent interview with Lost At E Minor has provided an excellent boost to Hidden Lives. A few other links, postings and mentions are also helping drive entries towards the 800 mark. Here are a few links:

- The fun and creative Inspire Me Thursday posted about Hidden Lives yesterday.

- The NYC-based blog A Little Bit Harder seems like a fan of the site.

- The techmate blog on innovation in Australia somehow came across and featured Hidden Lives.

And I also submitted my own post promoting Hidden Lives to the interesting random magazine.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Another Hidden Lives Entry

I find meaning in...
creative surprises - new colourful images or sounds or tastes to jumpstart reality - pockets of others' lives that you catch a glimpse of - they flip your head around and remind you of your smallness and of the cotidian beauty available everywhere for our sampling. These moments are fleeting and beautiful, singular and they resist linear time constructions and are therefore replete with true meaning for me.

Mumu, female, 25 years old, Brasília, Brazil.

View this entry at Hidden Lives.

Friday, May 18, 2007

The 700th Hidden Lives Entry

If I wasn't stuck behind this desk...

I would be on a train trip. But I can't blame the desk, only myself for that one...
barry, male, 31 years old, somewhere, Australia.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Intimate Revelations of "ham"

I have not featured a specific user before, just individual entries, however a recently registered user really caught my eye. Here are some of her beautiful entries.

ham, female, 16 years old, Gold Coast, Australia.

Before I die I will. . . drink instant coffee in a laundromat, jump into a pile of leaves, eat all the ice-cream in the world and sit on the sidewalk watching 'it' all go by.

When I'm alone I. . . close my eyes and dance

I wish the world was. . . flat, and that the sun revolved around us, that unicorns were real and that at the end of every rainbow there would be dancing leprechauns with pots of gold.

You can check out all 17 of "ham's" entries here.

Interview with Lost At E Minor

The ever inspiring and beautiful Lost At E Minor recently interviewed me about Hidden Lives. Here are a few excerpts:

LAEM: What led you to start it?
JM: I was reflecting on notions of identity and authentic voice - as I am prone to do - and my mind kept returning to the extraordinary gap between how we are perceived externally and our own inner awareness. I wanted to explore this somehow but did not know where to start. . .

LAEM: What are your plans for the site?
JM: At its core, I want Hidden Lives to become a unique, collaborative artwork brimming with intimate, beautiful and moving self-expressions from people all over the world. As to whether that artwork exists solely online, or in gallery exhibitions, public art displays or in hardcopy publications, well… I am keeping an open mind. Suffice to say, being in the 'big future thinking' phase is plenty of fun. . .
Read the entire interview here. And I would recommend subscribing to their weekly dose of pop culture and creative goodness.