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[Liveblog]: Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian in Beckham

If you haven’t heard already, the “mayor of the Internet,” a.k.a reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is at Wesleyan today.

His itinerary:

11:15 a.m.    Arrive at Wesleyan and join Professor Greg Goldberg’s “Media and Society” class already in progress

12 p.m.          “Without Their Permission” talk and booksigning with Peter Frank ’12 of Texts.com (details here)

2 p.m.             Meeting with student programmer group and student entrepreneurs Exley 139

3 p.m.             Depart Wesleyan

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There are a bunch of questions for Ohanian on the Wesleyen subreddit, some selected ones here:

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From the Argus: Some people would say the internet is the most powerful means of doing good the world has ever seen, and that it can bring people together to solve seemingly intractable problems. It does, however, have its downside–one notable example would be the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, during which a group of Redditors identified the wrong suspect, causing widespread panic and hindering the investigation. What are the limitations and risks of harnessing the power of the internet for problem-solving, and how can they be best addressed?

From the classic ‘wes anon’:

Can you talk about anonymity on the internet? Specifically, how does one foster a community that is anonymous and not have it overrun by things like bullying or racist language (this is one of the things I hate most about reddit, to be honest, even though I love certain parts of the site). Is there a solution?

If you didn’t get a ticket to the event, you can check out our liveblog below:

Texts.com Update: Get Cheap Textbooks

frankstiStill having textbook woes? Here’s an update from Peter Frank ’12 of Texts.com:

I have approximately 125 books that were donated from the Class of 2013 still available for purchase. These books are listed at the lowest possible price (seriously, insane discounts), and all proceeds go to financial aid.

I’m not making a cent on these, and I’ve eaten all of the cost to acquire, store, insure, etc.  I’ll be giving out free Costco cookies and Solo cups with any purchase.  I’m just trying to do more to build the Texts.com brand, and give as many students as possible a positive experience with the site and service.  The full listings are viewable here.

Frankly, this is a huge win-win (big savings, helping financial aid), and I’ll be incredibly disappointed if we’re not able to sell all of these titles. You can also check out a snapshot of the key figures of our momentum on campus.

How to Use Texts.com

From Peter Frank ’12, the creator of Texts.com:

You inhaled our pizza on 4/20 last Spring, you studied for finals over paper bowls brimming with Costco snacks, and you’re currently spraying Sriracha onto your microwaved Easy Mac.  You’ve seen the stickers and have heard about Texts.com– now is the time to capitalize on the service!

If you’ve got books to sell, now is the time to get your best price.  Instead of selling to a typical buyback program for pennies on the dollar, Texts.com will help you find a student buyer who is willing to pay you a fair price.  Not only will they also be getting a discount, but the environment will appreciate the gesture, as well.

To add your books to Texts.com, just follow these steps–

Interview: Peter Frank ’12, Former Owner of CollegeACB, Launches New Textbook Venture

“If a campus as tight-knit and progressive as Wesleyan can’t come together to defeat yesterday’s monopolist and incumbent powers, then maybe it just can’t be done.”

Peter Frank ’12, the famed Internet entrepreneur who ran the CollegeACB empire from his Fauver dorm room and made his way into the pages of TIME Magazine before selling the site in 2011 for an undisclosed six-figure sum, is back in the game with a new start-up. Not quite as juicy as the ACB (but probably far more useful), Frank’s latest venture is Texts.com, a “lean, green, student-first platform” for students to buy and sell textbooks to and from each other online. The start-up made its Wesleyan debut on Foss Hill around 4:20 p.m. yesterday; you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s a service that provides free pizza to stoned Wesleyan students at all hours of the day (that’s my new start-up idea, don’t tell anyone):

With help from Lisa Sy ’13 and Benjamin Halpern (a student at Mount Allison University in Canada), Frank aims to build a “commission-free, zero-fee, student-to-student textbook exchange” that eliminates the middleman.

Video: Rush on Pizza 4/20

Check out this insider coverage of what will surely go down in the history books as Wesleyan’s Rush on Pizza. Today at approximately 4:20 PM, Texts.com (started by the esteemed Peter Frank ’12) distributed 60 pies (30 of which were vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free). We have video evidence of the stampede that followed.

Peter Frank Has Sold The ACB

“Untouchable”? Maybe. Unbuyable? Ermm . . .

Peter Frank ’12—the Wesleyan English major who casually purchased college gossip site “Juicy Campus” for five figures his freshman year and redirected its traffic to CollegeACB.com, which he subsequently expanded to over 500 schools (and 20 million monthly page views)—has officially sold the ACB, according to a “Message from Peter Frank” on the “official blog for CollegeACB.com.” The transition is immediate—new managers will be taking over “in the next day or so.” More from Frank’s post:

I want to alert you that I’m selling my stake in CollegeACB, and that new managers will take over control of the site in the next day or so.

I’m proud of the growth of the site under my watch – from use at only a few schools, to the largest college anonymous confession board in the world, with over 20 million monthly pageviews from over 400,000 unique visitors. Mostly, though, I’m proud of the occasions when the site has helped people share feelings and discuss sensitive topics in a sincere fashion that might not otherwise have been possible.

We’ve certainly had our share of controversy, but we’ve responded to users and have deleted over 30,000 posts, while preserving the site’s essential identity as an open anonymous forum.

ACB EXPOSED!!! by Time magazine

peter frankVery mainstream news organization TIME magazine has published an article about CollegeACB, the enfant terrible masterminded by our own Peter Frank ’12 from his dorm room.

If you remember, last year Frank bought gossip website Juicycampus and expanded his Anonymous Confession Board empire to 500 schools. Wesleyan’s is the most heavily frequented, and according to TIME, the site now gets up to 480,000 hits per day.

Watch this excellent video about CollegeACB’s impact on the Wesleyan campus. The music really defines how I feel when gossiping anonymously:

As in the Argus article about him last semester, Frank comports himself well in the interview and claims that he just wants to provide a forum for campus discussion, not encourage malicious gossip or turn a profit:

The 19-year-old English major defends the site as a “student-controlled discussion space where the communities dictate what’s talked about.” Though the site does not “call for salacious gossip,” he says, on a busy day he receives 40 requests to take down posts and “on a bad day, just a couple.”

He does not have moderators or police the site. But he follows up on complaints about individual posts. “If it says your name, we’ll take it off,” he says.

Hundreds of individuals and several schools have sent Frank requests to delete comments or even to remove a college from his site. For example, Washington and Lee University asked him in October to delete almost all threads about the school, but Frank refused. “I am not looking out for the school’s best interests,” he says. “I’m looking out for the students’ best interests.”

The administration is well aware of the ACB’s existence, but isn’t going to do much about it:

Even at Wesleyan, administrators have to tread lightly. The school told Frank he could not use its servers for his business, but, says director of media relations David Pesci, “We have other students who are entrepreneurs on campus who have businesses, and quite frankly, as long as they are conducting those businesses within the laws assigned to those areas, there’s not much that we can get involved with.”

So far at least, the law is on Frank’s side.

Frank seems to be unfazed by the pressure:

“It’s true that the actual authors would potentially be liable for posting libel,” Frank says of ACB. “But libel is difficult to prove. I just really don’t see it happening, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” And what about Frank? “I’m untouchable,” he says.