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University Compliment Pages are anonymous Facebook pages where students at specific universities are invited to privately message compliments about other students which are publicly posted on the main page. The posts are often genuine compliments directed at a specific person or group of people but sometimes include inside jokes within the school community similar to University Meme pages.
On September 12th, 2011, a group of four undergraduates at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada started a Facebook account titled Queens U Compliments (sic) with the idea that other Queen’s University students could send a message to the profile’s inbox sharing positive praise of someone else on campus. One of the four creators, Rachel Albi, Erica Gagne, Jessica Jonker or Amanda Smurthwaite, would then publish the comment from the account. As of January 2013, the account has 5000 friends and 208 additional subscribers.
Shortly after the Queens U Compliments took off, the creators started a private group called University Compliments as a hub space for other universities and institutions. By November 14th, the Facebook trend had been picked up by various college newspapers including Yale, Penn State, Tufts, University of Arizona Princeton University and New York University. Many of these articles discussed the pages in a positive light, but a few doubted whether or not the students at their universities would abuse the anonymity as a platform for veiled harassment or mean-spirited discourse disguised as a compliment.
News Media Coverage
Facebook University Compliment pages saw their first boost from news media coverage on November 29th, 2012, when TIME’s tech blog featured an article about the Queen’s University page. Following this report, similar articles about Facebook Compliment pages were featured on the Huffington Post, CBC News, NBC News, New York Daily News, The Observer and Seventeen Magazine.
- Arizona State University
- Bates College
- Boston College
- Brown University
- Chapman University
- Drew University
- New York University
- Penn State
- Rider University
- Rutgers University
- Santa Clara University
- Stanford Compliments
- State University of New York Geneseo
- Swarthmore College
- Tufts University
- University of Arizona
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Southern California
- Yale University
The Tufts Daily – Tufts Free Compliments helps promote positive psychology on Facebook
Daily Wildcat – UA Compliments page on Facebook gaining popularity
The Daily Princetonian – With anonymity, students compliment each other on Facebook
Huffington Post – University Compliments Pages Spread Kindness And Good Cheer
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