I've heard a few people mention the yellow bench in Mountjoy Square recently.
It has painted on it "By Sitting on this Bench I am Open to Conversation with a Complete Stranger"
A woman called Amy asked Dublin City Council to do it, after she heard the idea from a Ronan Harrington, a communications consultant in London.
It seems to be working.
The John Murray Show this morning also featured "Bus Banter" an embryonic project by DCU students encouraging people to chat at bus stops.
Talking to strangers is easier of forums than face to face, but I suspect that a lot of forum chatters are also chatty in the flesh.
My grandmothers spoke to virtually everyone they met and I have had some of the best and most amusing conversations of my life with total strangers.
Will stranger-chat continue, and thrive, or will it be wiped out in a few generations by the sheer size of urban populations, and by ipods and other mobile devices ?