Twitter has become a technological pandemic. It started in an apartment building six years ago, where several ex-Googlers came up with the idea of Twttr, or Twitter as it was later called, according to Business Insider.
Among the approximately 175 million Twitter accounts, there is one named MaloneStudentProbs. According to the biography on the profile, the mantra of MaloneStudentProbs is “sharing the collective experience of the average Malone student.” Topics for posts range from relationship issues, chapel and the food in the cafeteria, among other things.
The person behind MaloneStudentProbs wishes to remain anonymous, according to a recent post: “Just as one does not simply walk into Morador [sic], one does not simply disclose their identity.
#Malonestudentproblems will forever remain anon. [sic]”
Tweets on the page currently date back to Nov. 7, 2011. In the three months it has been registered, MaloneStudentProbs has acquired 205 followers.
Among the rising number of followers are several students.
“I have been following this page since the beginning of this semester,” freshman communication arts major Jeremy Clarke said.
Clarke said he thought MaloneStudentProbs mixed humor with commentary about campus life.
“It’s interesting,” he said. “There are some things that are truthful, but some things I think people are saying just to be funny.”
Senior English major Brittany Yeager is another follower of the page.
“I’m not on Twitter very much, only every few days,” Yeager said. “It is entertaining, if nothing else. My roommate and I were looking at it the other day laughing.”
“Some if it is funny, but a lot of it offends me because I love Malone,” sophomore communication arts major Mamie Mills said.
These few followers found the page by different means. Yeager found out about this page through a friend who retweeted a post that had the #MaloneStudentProbs hashtag in it. Clarke also discovered the page by a retweet, and has been following it since.
“I was following Malone University’s page [on Twitter] and it was recommended to me as something I might be interested in,” Mills said.
Yeager said tweets about engagement on campus and eating cookies and milk for dinner were some of her favorites.
Clarke and Mills said they remembered several tweets about eating the cafeteria food. Mills said the one that stuck out the most was a tweet dated Nov. 14, 2011: “Welcome to Malone prospective students. I hope you like Sloppy Joes.”
The MaloneStudentProbs motivation is unknown. Instructor of Communication Arts Ann Lawson said a different approach would be more beneficial.
“It is better to build morale than tear it down,” Lawson said. “Complaining won’t make a difference.”
Lawson said someone should make a hashtag emphasizing the great things about Malone.
Although Vice President for Student Development Dr. Chris Abrams is not following the page, he said he heard about it last semester and has looked at it a few times.
“If the motive is to spark change, I don’t think this is the way to do it,” Abrams said.
Abrams said he is not offended by the fact that the poster behind MaloneStudentProbs—and students who post using the profile’s hashtag—are using Twitter as a forum for voicing their complaints.
“I don’t want to be a thought police,” he said.
However, Abrams said that students should be careful what they post online because of how public it is.
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