He is a sophomore and a secondary education major who works on campus. This is what the Administrator and Founder of Kutztown Confessions has revealed about his identity.
The founder agreed to take part in an anonymous interview this past week, discussing Kutztown Confessions, a popular Facebook page he created on which Kutztown University students can anonymously confess things. Other people (mostly Kutztown students) comment on their confessions to offer advice and support, or ridicule.
He says Kutztown Confessions was created one “boring Saturday night” at the beginning of the 2013 spring semester. He said that he got the idea when he saw that one of his Facebook friends “liked” a page for Drexel Confessions. He started looking through the confessions and he said after a while, “It had me in stitches, so I thought, ‘Oh my God. I have to make this for us.’ After about an hour of setting up [the] page and the site where people can submit their confessions, Kutztown Confessions was up and running.”
He ran the page by himself for three weeks. Then people started talking, word spread and the confessions came in fast. Now there are five administrators running the page and posting people’s confessions.
Every submission is anonymously sent to a Google Doc spreadsheet where the admins read them to approve or deny the confessions (because there are some rules) and then post them on Facebook.
When asked what attracts students to post their confessions, the founder replied, “I think we became popular because of the anonymous aspect of the page. No one can feel pressure to reveal something and be judged for it because no one knows that it’s them posting. Our page is a way to freely say what you want to say about pretty much anything.”
“Another reason that people like us is because of some of the things that people post. Some are absolutely outrageous and hysterical while others are extremely relatable. It has something for everyone. What I really like about the page is that it allows people who really need help but don’t feel comfortable getting it to post their troubles here. 99 percent of the time, the people who like the page will give them positive feedback and reassurance that they should get help.”
However, staying anonymous is not as easy as it sounds. The founder says that he often overhears people talking about Kutztown Confessions around campus, and one time he even got into a discussion with someone in the Academic Forum about who they thought was running the page. He said, “I kind of wanted to shout and say, ‘It’s me! It’s me! I run the page!’ But I didn’t [say anything].”
“I have been tempted to tell people who I am, and I have told people, but mainly they are just close friends,” he said. “Most of the building that I live in does know that it’s me who started it and who the other admins are. All of the admins live in the same building.”
Kutztown Confessions is not the only popular page on Facebook. Shortly after the confessions page got big, Kutztown Crushes appeared. Crushes is a page where Kutztown students can anonymously say who they have a crush on, from close friends, to someone who the have only seen around campus once or twice.
The KU Confessions founder said about the similar pages, “My idea was not unique, so it wouldn’t be fair of me to say that no other page similar to mine can exist. We don’t allow for name drops on our page. Crushes does. We serve different purposes, so I don’t see them as ‘competition.’ I see them as anonymous partners. They semi-creepily allow people to say they crush on other people, we do everything else.”
The founder says he is happy that students like the page. Kutztown Confessions currently has just over 2,200 “likes.” He says he never thought that so many people would like it and use it.
The future of Kutztown Confessions remains to be seen. The founder said that he is thinking about taking a freshman under his wing so that someone can keep the page running when he is gone.
“I’ll probably continue to run this show for at least the next two years as long as people are confessing to us,” he said. “I don’t know if they will, but we’ll be here to post them.”
By Aubrea Longacre