Everyone on Open is anonymous so we won’t be able to tell you who are you chatting with. You are welcome to share your own name in conversations if you wish, and other users may choose to do the same. But, you cannot ask others for their name or to reveal their identity. The objective isn't to guess who people are, but to create a space for people to share things honestly without fear of judgment or criticism.
The primary connection on Open is based on having another user's phone number in your phone contacts and they also have yours. You are automatically connect and chat with people that you know. After you join Open, the app will connect you as a “friend" on Open so that you can chat with them (and others). Here is a breakdown of who you are communicating with on Open:
- "Friends" are people that are in your phone's Contacts list
- "Friends of friends" are people that are in the Contacts lists of your "Friends"
- Everyone else is someone that is known by your friends through their Contacts lists.
(You'll see reference to each user-type at the top of each new conversation)
You can also see a detailed breakdown of users and their relationship to you by tapping on the the three-dot icon, and then tapping View Details at the top-right corner of the conversation:
Those that are in your phone book ("friends") and in your friend's phone books ("friends of friends") will have titles next to their names. Any additional participants (i.e., your friend's friends who are in their phone books) will be listed under the People section, but will not have titles associated with their names: