It's official. The University of Cape Town has its very own version of Gossip Girl.
On 20 May 2013, a mysterious page appeared on Facebook. A couple of kids clicked 'like', and the phenomenon has escalated ever since. The page is linked to communal Google Doc which allows anyone to divulge their closeted desires, thoughts and secrets. These anonymous confessions, submitted by the UCT student population, are often hilarious, shocking and downright scandalous: secret crushes on the daily bus route, pet hates and guilty pleasures.
UCT Confessions is a platform where students can declare the most embarrassing moments of their university careers or admit to questionable on-campus activities, like urinating in the plaza fountain or kissing a girl in the social sciences building. With over 500 likes in the first week, the page's snowballing effect resembles a true viral sensation. It's a prime example of what 'going viral' really means. I've never seen a local page garner so many likes in such a short space of time. Even the Weekend Argus has caught onto the hype and was seen prowling the page looking for answers.
Now settle down, kids
After 48 hours of rife confession, the inevitable rules kicked in. The page had quickly become somewhat of a free-for-all, attracting a volley of inter-faculty diatribe and the odd Stellenbosch lurker. When things started to get personal and the racial banter spiralled out of control, the anonymous page owner(s) posted a polite disclaimer, notifying members that posts would be 'filtered' of discriminatory slur or hate, and reminding everyone that freedom of expression is indeed a liberty not without boundaries.
Since inception, the page has attracted over 5 000 likes, almost 20 % of the total university population. Thus far, the most popular post, with over 540 likes, has to be:
'You don't see the Americans. You just hear them.'
From the Facebook page: