formspring me?

Why would people use a website where anyone can anonymously ask questions to them and answer it in the public web? It reminds me a lot of that facebook app where people anonymously post on the person’s wall about what they truly think of them.

I had lots of fun, critiquing & exploring this site.

Think about these questions:

  • What does it do?
  • How do I use it?
  • What does it emphasize?
  • Why should I use it?
  • Will it make my life better?
  • Do I need it?

I think formspring encourages the shallow ADHD web culture and takes it a step further in the realm of socializing through querying strangers acquaintances. Yes, I do see some benefits; I like the Web 2.0 style of the website. Very remniscent of Tumblr [of which I am an avid fan :]

After perusing the site, I have some new “icebreaker” questions to ask people such as:

  • What is your favorite year?
  • Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
  • What is your dream car?
  • What’s the oldest piece of clothing you still own and wear?

Person-to-person communication is too precious for me to trivialize and marginalize a Javascript form submission page. Q&A has its benefits but personally, I don’t see much eternal value in this site.

Maybe it’s a great way for people to see your personality through your answers to anonymous questions. In that case, I think it’s almost like personal blogging for the lazy; have the masses give you Q’s, so all you have to do is respond with A’s.

However, there’s that added function of making profiles & being “formspring friends.” When you are friends with another friend in formspring, your username shows up and anonymity is completely blown away! That defeats the purpose of anonymous questioning. Besides, if you asked a question to your friend through formspring, wouldn’t it be more convenient to email or message the person? Heck, I’d just call the person if it’s that important!

It seems that we like the internet and how it layers another mask to our person; we can choose to hide behind anonymity or become a completely different person over the new world of the World Wide Web.

[*yet Michael still blogs away & extravagantly uses Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr, & other social media*]

Sounds hypocritical, yes? How am I being consistent & not hypocritical?

In the end, the intent & purpose is most important. As long as we can be able to give a sufficient account to all our actions, we do have that liberty in using interesting apps such as formspring…

CHALLENGE TIME: What great purpose would formspring serve?

If you don’t like that question, allow me to question your disliking: Is it too much to ask that what we do MUST be intentional & purposeful?

+Michael Kwon

PS: In conclusion, I am “idiosyncratic.”

Hm… Now, all of a sudden, I have an urge to make ANOTHER WORDPRESS BLOG… but instead of a personal blog, it will be a blog about my design ideas & articles & things I found related to the Web. 🙂 Stay tuned!! (:

PPS: I wanna upload more pictures. WordPress feels a little bit kludgy to me to easily upload pics.

PPPS: Glad you made it this far to read my random notes. I wrote this post after finishing my projects & starting some Web-related stuff for church; it takes a while for me to shake off my “Web-critiquing” mode 😉


2 thoughts on “formspring me?

  1. mmm I agree, I’ve noticed that a lot of high schoolers use this formspring what-nots and it is kind of..for a lack of better words..sketchy. Because almost all of the questions are anonymous, and ask things such as “who do you like?” “what do you see yourself doing in the future” and other personal questions.. well I’ve come to conclude its for people who lack lack the guts to ask questions while revealing their identity..though personally..I think you’d get a better answer if the person answering actually knows who you are.

    But I have to admit, in some strange way I appreciate it, and maybe because I read through these formspring to see the true personality behind a lot of my high schooler’s faces (referring to the kids in my home hs fellowship) and allows me to see where they need to be challenged and taught in. So in the end even if formspring is for the lazy bloggers, gotta say, I’m glad its there for my stalking purposes HAHA.

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