Q&A With the Texts From Last Night Founders
A year ago, Lauren Leto and Ben Bator started anonymously publishing their friends’ text messages.
Since then, their site, Texts From Last Night has received over 3 million text messages.
The Michigan-based friends from college just released a new TFLN book. Like the site, it chronicles the digital dispatches of those unforgettable nights most would rather not remember. We caught up with Lauren and Ben about ditching law school, quarter-life crises and lessons they’ve learned from culling through America’s text messages.
WSJ: Where did the idea for Texts From Last Night come from?
Ben Bator: Our friends used to send us text messages that were too good not to share.
Lauren Leto: I’ve gone back and deleted some of mine that were mine in the beginning when we were just started because I was so embarrassed. We tried to be anonymous, and only post the area code and text.