I feel like the site Formspring, which currently features in the latest 'scary shit your kids are doing online that you don't know about but which will scar them for life' article in the NY Times, actually mirrors an idea a friend had for a business site. It will be interesting if it survives long enough to be used in more interesting ways, now that it is 'a threat to our children'. It could, for example, be a powerful way to elicit anonymous feedback from employees. Just as an example. Of course, anonymity with no danger of reprisals often leads to bad things - a level of professionalism has to be maintained to make it work, which is of course why it doesn't work among 13-year-olds.
In other news: teenagers will apparently use any medium given to them to be cruel and juvenile.
Film at eleven.
on Thu May 6 09:14:39 2010
You get to be my guinea pig, btw - I'm trying to add email notifications to the blog, and since you broke it anyway (one of these days I have to figure out why it sometimes fails to find the data!), I figured this would be a good test entry.
on Sat May 8 17:34:02 2010
Holy cow - it worked the first time! Now all I need to do is delete everyone's user account, recreate them with email addresses, and figure out how to keep track of who gets notified for every comment. But for today I think I'll quit while I'm ahead!!!
on Sat May 8 17:53:31 2010
There actually is a website that is aiming to do that for professionals. I read about it a month or so ago. It was in a closed beta when i last looked. The idea was that you would have a profile where people could post anonymous comments about you professionally. You would be able to claim the profile, but not delete, or otherwise edit the comments about you. I'll have to see if I can find that and email you the link.