Roosevelt’s best kept secrets are getting social
By Tom Cicero
Are you a Roosevelt student with a secret crush you’re too shy to approach? Good news: there is a Facebook page just for you. The page is called “Roosevelt University Secret Admirer.”
Created in September by two Roosevelt students, the page has become quite popular among the student body.
According to the creators, the page gets anywhere from 15 to 30 anonymous comments per day, with that number increasing near the weekends. While it was initially created just for fun, its purpose seems to have gone beyond that.
“We honestly just wanted to do it because it was funny,” said one of the creators, who chose to remain anonymous. “We thought it would be fun to see posts about people that we know. We were always on Columbia’s [Secret Admirer] page looking at other people’s posts and thought Roosevelt needed a page like that. But some people are just shy and they don’t know how to go up to the person they like, and once they kind of see a response by the person they can determine if it would be okay if they went up to them.”
The basics behind the page are simple: on the Facebook page is a link that takes you to an anonymous form, which you fill out yourself. You then submit that, and it shows up on a spreadsheet that only the creators can see. The creators then decide if the post is appropriate and post it to the page’s wall.
“It is 100 percent anonymous,” said the creators. “We have no idea who posts them. The only information we have is exactly what the person writes. Unless you put your name on it, we will have no idea it’s you.”
Jessica Naber, a Roosevelt student, was a recipient of one of these posts.
“It was a nice surprise to see that note from someone I don’t know, and it kind of made my day,” Naber said. “I think it is a good way to express feelings, because sometimes people aren’t ready to go up to someone they may not know and have a conversation.”
Quotes on the page range from “I think you’re really cute, and I want to meet you,” to “Please talk to me. I’m desperate for your attention and intimacy.”
The filter for the comments may appear to be non-existent, but the creators do step in if they deem a post to be malicious.
“If there is something that is just rude or mean, we will either take things out because they are so rude, or we just won’t post it at all,” the creators said. “Our main concern is someone’s feelings getting hurt. We say on our page that if something offends you, we’ll take it down. We want it to stay fun and something people can relate to.”
Over the past couple of weeks, the Roosevelt University Secret Admirer Facebook page has seen a steady increase of followers, making it one of the most popular Facebook pages pertaining to the university. With the increase of popularity, the creators are now looking at ways to improve their page for a wider audience.
With the lack of self-promotion due to the creators’ dedication to anonymity, the growth of the page seems largely due to word of mouth around the university.
“Practically everyone at school is talking about this page,” Naber said. “I’ve been invited to it quite a few times.”
The creators said they are considering expanding their team to make the page more efficient.
“We have a few people in mind to bring on the team so they can start helping us post everything,” the creators said. “We had actually talked to the Columbia page about tips, and we realized that they had nine people [working on] their page. We are more than happy to support other Roosevelt organizations too.”
The creators said they hope to plan secret admirer events and parties so the posters and their secret crushes can get to know each other. Also, the creators hope the page eventually reaches a wider, more diverse audience.
“I want more people to like it because I want a more diverse group,” one of the creators said. “A lot of it is the athletic kids or [Chicago College of Performing Arts] kids. Because our school is so diverse, we want more of a diverse group. We want the commuter students and even the Schaumburg Campus students.”
The creators closed with a joint comment.
“Like our page.”