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19

Meet Faceliss.com: [email protected] Goes Social

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From the “Not Again” Department: [email protected] has internal competition.

For those of you holed up in Purgatory Butler last week for midterms, Bwog’d bet that you saved a tab in your browser for [email protected] (boredatbutler.com).  The site is an anonymous message board for Columbia students stuck in the library to post their thoughts.

According to WikiCU, founder Jonathan Pappas (CC ’06) wanted to see what Columbia students would say if the social filter were removed.  An easier approach would be to read Youtube comments, however; even without complete anonymity, there’s hardly a filter.

Though the site quickly hosted thousands of posts in the days after its launch in February 2006, it has since degraded into the repetitive drivel of sex-starved students.  As of the publication of this article, the current topics included general hate, the possibility of random hookups, and  Stephan‘s hair.  More telling are this week’s “best”: “Oh, I need a blowjob.  Really” and a girl reportedly giving herself a breast exam in Milstein.  Honestly, Bwog is amazed by the introspection shown by Ivy Leaguers.


Hoping to spread the love to other schools, Pappas (“JP”) launched the BoredAt[Columbia/Brown/Yale/Etc] network for a short time, before reverting to the original BoredAtButler site.

Trying once more to capture a wider audience, the new site on the block is Faceliss.com.  As far as Bwog can tell, it’s pretty much BoredAtButler, but adapted to our new favorite theme: social networking.

The site’s left column is dedicated to the anonymous chat features of BoredAtButler, but now includes the option of using a nickname, similar to IRC.  In our humble opinion, this contradicts the oh-so-clever play on words that is “Faceliss.”  The right column is home to dedicated threads, seperated into topics like “rants,” “overheard,” and “greek” (empty).  There’s a Digg.com-style “Vote Up” button for each thread.

Bwog wasn’t sure if this would turn into another BoredAtButler, so it checked the “Featured Polls” and “Featured Search Topics” at the bottom of the page:

  • ex relationships
  • depression
  • girls
  • facebook
  • Do you pee in the shower?

Fear not: students at all schools have similar obsessions.  Faceliss is available for many schools, including our friends at Yale, MIT, and those people in the Village.

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5 Comments

  1. digg  

    was created after the dot-com bubble, so it is inappropriate to refer to it as "digg.com".

  2. Play on words?  

    "In our humble opinion, this contradicts the oh-so-clever play on words that is "Faceliss.""

    Maybe I'm just dense, but what exactly is the "play on words" here? I just assumed faceless.com was taken or something.

  3. people who  

    are always on boredatbutler:

    warholian ass who keeps writing 'cindy gao'

    random people who just want to make stephan more famous (though i have to admit that guinevere comment was hilarious)

    solitary latino-poet guy

    person obsessed with vesal yazdi (not a surprise considering vesal is ALWAYS at butler)

    people who keep describing their mystery girls and guys (virginia woolf girl, winona ryder girl, etc.)

    lonely gay guys looking for sex

    creepy grad students who always want to frolic with kittens in the stacks

    sports fans

    jock haters

    garrett cottrell haters

    guys looking for bj's

    haven't seen any of these lowlives at faceliss, though there's plenty of weirdoes there

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