Try to think back to your middle school years. Among the several airbrushed sweatshirts, Black Eyed Peas hits, and rounds on rounds of Icy Tower, there was was the all-knowing and infallible Love Calculator that would help you determine the likelihood that you and your crush (<3) would end up ~together 4ever.~ You’d type in your name and that of your “dream partner” and the website would hurl a random percentage right back at your face; yet you were unsatisfied that despite your
3 8 17 entries that day, your crush would never be informed of your feelings for him/her.
Fast-forward to 2013: Facebook is probably the center of your (online) universe, and your cupid-like peers have drastically changed the love game. Enter “Brown Admirers,” a Facebook page through which you can submit a light-hearted message to a crush or individual you’ve been admiring from afar in the form of a Google Doc. The page’s administrators then post your submission on its timeline and tag the person to whom the message was directed. You can submit the message anonymously or with your name, or you can even include little clues to help them determine who the sender is. In other words, your crush will definitely get the message but the extent to which you reveal yourself to him/her is completely in your hands.
The Admirers team, which wishes to remain anonymous, drew its inspiration in part from BlogDailyHerald’s very own Brown University Compliments page. “I really enjoyed reading all of the compliments that people gave to each other,” says one of the page’s creators. “It was awesome seeing how one post could really put a smile on someone’s face and brighten up their whole week.” Noticing the power of positivity on our own campus, and admirers’ pages at schools like Dartmouth and Princeton, the page’s administrators created a virtual space for connecting with peers in a more loving way. Some submissions are more playful and include “pick-up lines and sexual innuendos,” while the more heartfelt ones often include “platonic, heart-filled and meaningful ‘I love you’s.” The administrators additionally stress that if a person is uncomfortable with a submission from an admirer that they’re tagged in, they can message the team who will remove the post from its timeline.
The page has racked up 1,000+ friends since it went live on December 28, and its creators anticipate that it will continue to gain momentum as Valentine’s Day approaches. Primarily for advertising purposes, the page has a corresponding Facebook event set to take place on February 14th during which they call for submissions on the day of flowers, chocolate, and other Campus Market goodies (or, alternatively, pity parties). However, the goal is to help get the word out about the page so that “friends of friends could find [the page] and add [them]” with the hopes that Valentine’s Day will turn “into a day when Brunonians go crazy with submissions.”
Why not submit? Take a chance and let
cupid’s Brown Admirers’ arrow fall where it may. Good luck!