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The Skidmore Facebook App: “Because the World Needs More Social Networks”

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Skidmore has launched a new app on the Facebook, and as far as I can tell, it’s basically a social network within a social network. So meta!

Right now, the app is mostly being used by students, alumni, and Skidmore propagandists to announce to the internet that they like “Muse,” “nerdiness,” “laughing,” “travel,” “Jonsson Tower,” and “pre-orientation,” among other interesting things/concepts. That’s great! I like “water,” “Scribner bathrooms,” “speaking,” and “New Deal legislation.” Maybe some of our interests align and we can develop an online relationship? Please?

Am I missing something here? In theory, I guess it could be pretty useful with regards to alumni connections (and subsequent nepotism), but isn’t that what Linkedin and actual human contact are for? Apparently, there are private groups for freshmen Seminars (or, a social network in a social network in a social network), but I was unable to infiltrate them after two minutes of clicking on things hacking. Cool idea, considering the school doesn’t already pay for online course management software. Oh wait.

To be fair, it’s kind of funny going through the people listed in your class year and being shocked by how many of them you’ve never seen before in your life.