AddSeven is based on the premise that within small communities, such as small colleges like Bowdoin, people tend to have interests in other community members that they will, for one reason or another, never get a chance to act upon
This is the idea behind the creation of the newest Middlebury Online forum (see: Middlebury Confessional) AddSeven, a website dedicated to connecting individuals with one another. The website is run by two Bowdoin College seniors with an interest in online network dynamics.
So how does it work?
AddSeven users may enter up to seven names of people in their community who they are interested in. The automated website stores these names and on the Friday of every week searches the database for matches — community members who have listed one another as interests — which are then posted on those users’ personal AddSeven pages. We at AddSeven cannot guarantee that this information will lead to anything, romantic or otherwise, however we believe that regardless of the outcome, it is better that such mutual interests do not remain unrealised.
Seems simple enough: list 7 people that you are interested in and, hopefully, come Friday you’ll find out that they are interested in you as well. While I’m not sure how these students actually managed to obtain the entire email directory for Middlebury College, it seems like an interesting way for students to connect with one another (what could be simpler than entering in someone’s name in an anonymous forum and hoping for the best?) and, perhaps, improve a sometimes controversial dating scene.
However, this new website does seem a bit fake and disingenuous to me. What are your thoughts behind connecting with individuals through the internet in a forum like this? Is this really what dating has come down to, empty fields and small graphic dots? We would love to hear your opinions!