#508: "This is tough for me to say, but I'm gonna try to get it off my chest. Okay, here it goes. I've never seen an episode of Breaking Bad. There, I said it."
From silly and lighthearted to serious and even depressing, the VT Confessions Facebook page has posted hundreds of anonymous confessions since its creation on Feb. 4 by a Virginia Tech student.
The almost-overnight success of the page is evident in its number of followers, 6,188, after only 23 days in existence.
According to the owner and creator of the page, a sophomore undecided business major, who prefers to remain anonymous, the first day the page only got 27 likes.
“I was pretty hyped about that,” he said. “The second day it got double that and it literally just doubled and doubled and before I knew it, it was tripling and quadrupling, now we're sitting at 6,000 likes, so that's pretty awesome."
Five Virginia Tech students are helping to sort through the hundreds of confessions sent in to the Facebook page daily. Because there is no filtering system, the administrators comb through every single one.
"It's very, very time-consuming," said the creator. "I find myself reading the same stuff over and over."
Due to the large number of confessions and repetitive content, many are never posted.
"We try to keep our content fresh as much as we can," the creator said.
Carly Blake, a freshman political science major, has sent in two confessions and so far neither has appeared on the Facebook page.
"I wanted to see my confession on there just so I could 'like' it," Blake said.
The Facebook page doesn't just allow people to confess, it also allows people to comment, both negatively and positively. The creator sees this as a good thing.
"I think … people sometimes skip the confession itself and just go see the debate that's going on the comments because sometimes it gets pretty hectic," said the creator. "We've posted some controversial stuff… mainly to see how the student body reacts and the times that we've posted those, there's a huge argument going on in the comments."
Although the administrators of the page choose to post some controversial confessions, they are not in any way endorsing them.
"We're just posting it because we want people's feedback, because that's what makes the confession," the creator said.
Most see the comments posted by other students as constructive criticism.