Thursday, May 06, 2010

On Formspring, an E-Vite to Insults and Crude Queries - NYTimes.com

Another scary snapshot of the “social” scene

Formspring is not the first site to allow anonymous comments. Some schools say students have been demoralized by comments on Honesty Box, a Facebook add-on. And Juicy Campus, a college gossip site, caused so much grief that some colleges blocked it, and some state attorneys general began consumer-protection investigations. The site shut down last year.

Formspring is one of many question-and-answer Internet sites that are widely used to find, say, the calorie count of avocados. But Formspring spread like wildfire among young people, who used it to for more intimate topics — or flat-out cyberbullying.

On Formspring, an E-Vite to Insults and Crude Queries - NYTimes.com

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