LOS ANGELES, CA (May 29, 2008) – JuicyCampus.com, the college gossip site that has become a pop culture phenomenon over the past few months, is asking its users for help in finding the elusive line between acceptable and unacceptable posts.
Matt Ivester, CEO and Founder of JuicyCampus.com said, “JuicyCampus has grown much more quickly, and has become much more controversial than we ever expected. We want to make sure that we’re providing users with a platform where they can get the juiciest gossip. Today, we’re asking our users to let us know how much moderation they consider appropriate – which posts are juicy and which are trash? Where should we draw the line?”
To facilitate discussion of how JuicyCampus could be improved before the next school year starts, the site has announced the addition of a new “campus.” Now, users can type “JuicyCampus” into the campus selection box instead of their campus’ name, and they will be directed to a page dedicated to discussing how to change and improve the site.
“We’re planning to review the thoughts and opinions of our users on the site and take these into consideration as our policies evolve. Our users have made us popular, and we want to make sure that they are involved in the process of any changes that we might make,” said Ivester.
JuicyCampus has already taken some steps to protect its users. For example, the site is not crawled by search engines. This means that if someone were to Google your name, they will not find anything that was posted about you on JuicyCampus. The site also deletes any contact information if a user asks for it to be removed. But some say that they should go further and there has been talk of adding a reporting mechanism for flagging posts, having posts expire after a certain amount of time, or even going so far as to hire a huge staff of full time employees to read every post.
Ivester continues, “As JuicyCampus continues to expand, we want to make sure that we are meeting our users’ needs. And who better to tell us about their needs than them?” And the best news is yet to come, with an expected expansion to several hundred more campuses this Fall, and big announcements during the summer and for “Back to School.”