New Trend in Social Media: Misery for Profit

The social media world is one oft blinded with self-fulfilling optimism, such as the ridiculous belief that you could put together a network that encourages strangers to ask anonymous questions and not expect it to be abused.

 

 

Sites like Formspring.me need  a healthy dose of reality concerning human nature, and the creators should ask themselves whether providing a tool for teens to make each other miserable is worth whatever profits they hope to reap.

For those who don’t know, Formspring.me is a social networking site that invites users to post profiles and invites anonymous questions from random strangers. The site was recently linked to the suicide of Alexis Pilkington, and after a brief survey of a few profiles it was not hard to see how the site would be damaging to anyone, especially teens. Here is part of one girl’s comment on Cyberbullying.us about her experience on Formspring:

 

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