It has just been brought to my attention that FitFinder has been removed from the web.
For the uninitiated FitFinder was a twitteresque web facility that allowed students to find the forum for their home university, find their current location within that university - for example the Library - and then post comments about attractive people they could see.
The posts included charming information such as descriptions of what the people looked like, the exact spot they were sitting in and even the book they were reading. Though the terms of the site did ask those posting not to use people's names it was exceptionally easy to identify who was being talked about (assuming they were not fictional). And we did find posts that used people's names regardless of the terms on the site.
While the site was extremely popular with students (apparently gaining over 5 million hits in 4 weeks) it was also used for, shall we say, less complimentary posts which could be quite unpleasant - and also had the potential to be used by anyone with an unhealthy interest in someone else - it was described to me by a colleague as "stalker's paradise".
The Fitfinder web site: http://www.thefitfinder.co.uk/witnessthefitness/ is now titled "Save FitFinder" and has a blurb about the current situation and the site being taken down due to pressure from universities. It also states "we hope this is only temporary" and invites people to sign a petition to get it reinstated.
What do you think of FitFinder? harmless fun or asking for trouble?
Should it come back?