FuLu Your Frenemies!

Add to the list of Princeton undergraduate start-ups: FuLumail.com, an anonymous email server launched this year by sophomores Ash Egan and Jason Adleberg and junior Bobby Grogan.

After a brief hiatus during which the site was closed for reconstruction, FuLumail is once again up and running, allowing users to continue their slew of anonymous communication in the form of brief textual messages, now with the feature of adding photos and videos.

“What we envision … is a sort of news feed/message board where people can post whatever they’d like about whom or whatever they’d like, with a ratings system and a flagging system in place to moderate content,” said FuLu creator Ash Egan.

These young entrepreneurs have harnessed the whirlwind of emotions that thrives on a college campus and created a catalyst through which we can finally confess our most secret sentiments without fear of revelation.


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Fashion hack takes Facebook’s top prize

Still working on the perfect look for formals? Computer science students Daniel Chyan ’14, Angela Dai ’13, Tiantian Zha ’13 and Amy Zhou ’13 might be able to offer some advice.

They took first place at the Facebook Camp Hackathon last weekend, beating teams that qualified at earlier competitions throughout the country. Their creation? Color Me Bold, a program that analyzes a photo and offers jewelry and accessory suggestions. Whether you want to give your outfit an extra splash of color or just want to see what it takes to win a hackathon, you can test it here.

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Some tips from Zha:

  • After uploading a photo from Facebook, click and drag your mouse over areas of the photo where the outfit you want to match is. If coloring inside the lines isn’t your strong suit, you can right click to erase.
  • Next choose whether you want jewelry or accessory recommendations – jewelry works best at the moment.
  • Princeton’s network isn’t the speediest, so give it some time.

If you’re skeptical about taking fashion advice from a computer algorithm, well, Facebook’s seal of approval is pretty convincing. It’s even more impressive considering they had just 24 hours to put it together.

Princeton’s team was also the only one with more women than men, which might account for the fashion-forward hack. Zha said she got the idea when thinking about day-to-day problems she’d like to solve – “accessorizing can definitely take up as much time as I have available. The girls were totally onboard–and outvoted our one male team member.”

Check out an interview with the Princeton team and video from the hackathon here – considerably tamer than the Hollywood version, but the Ripsticks do look pretty cool.

Would you study on Facebook?

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Would you study on Facebook? Not study as in Facebook stalk your cute sophomore lab partner (or, let’s be honest, yourself), but study as in, like, prepare for an exam?

The answer to that question, found Ingrial, the company behind the now-defunct Facebook app “Courses,” is no, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“We found that Facebook was not a popular place to engage with course content,” says Michael Staton, Inigral’s chief executive.

Students preferred using it for things like looking at friends’ photos.

Surprise! But that doesn’t mean tech entrepreneurs will stop trying to make the academic aspect of college more social.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the run-down on the newest “social-studying” sites, including one that pays you for sharing your notes, here.

Jane Randall Shares Her Prof Pic Secrets

Do you spend hours agonizing over your choice of a Facebook profile picture, only to worry that the pic just doesn’t feel right?  (It’s weird, but you swear your eyes in the picture start to look sadder and sadder — emptier — the longer you stare at them. Is that just a “you thing”?  Or are everyone’s Facebook eyes like that?) [Everyone’s Facebook eyes are like that].

We feel your pain.  We want you to take better pictures.  And we figured — who better to teach you how than Jane Randall ’12 of America’s Next Top Model?

Today, in things to do/not do in college

We like to look out for you here at the Ink, so here are some pointers we found in the news of the day.

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First, our do: Study abroad. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington:

Students who go abroad while in college are likely to increase or even double their alcohol intake while they’re away, a new study has found.

Drinking increased most dramatically in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the study by researchers at the University of Washington found. Students reported drinking more when they perceived their fellow travelers were drinking more heavily, and those who planned to make drinking part of their cultural immersion did so.

As they say… “When in Rome.” Or, “When in heavy-drinking Oxford/Spain/Cuba/Paris.” Cultural immersion!

Our don’t?: Post embarrassing photos of yourself on Facebook. Apparently they take a really long time to delete, so if you’re planning on hiding from your employer, they still might be able to find those pictures of you guzzling a sheepskin of wine in Athens. Gawker chimes in:

Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica offers definitive proof: A Facebook picture she “deleted” in May 2009 and wrote an article about in July 2009 was still on Facebook’s servers today, more than 16 months later. The social network removed the links to the picture right away, but never got around to removing the actual image file, meaning anyone who had or could obtain an URL to the image could get it from Facebook.

So when you study abroad, tuck away the camera when happy hour starts. Because when you’re caught double-fisting tequila and wearing only a sombrero, you’ve gone more than native.

How Facebook Can Save the Dinky



Since learning in March that the Dinky may be replaced by a bus, University students and Borough residents have expressed both support and opposition. The latest from the nay-sayers is a “Save the Princeton Dinky” Facebook page. In only 9 days, 825 people have already joined, including students, community members, and even pre-frosh (“Class of 2014 for the Dinky!!!”).

So what are the protesters complaining about?

For some, it’s practical. They say that switching from rail to bus would be expensive or inefficient and that a bus would get stuck in traffic. They worry that a bus would be too small to accommodate rush hour hoards or to fit students with suitcases during breaks. They point out that trains are more environmentally friendly and that wooded areas would need to be cut down to make room for two buses to pass each other on the Dinky route.

But for others, it’s about nostalgia and the mystique of Princeton:

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“Self Control” (What a Silly Concept)

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It’s common knowledge that midterm week is conspiring to kill our souls (while maiming cute puppies and taunting us with beautiful weather, of course).  But lo and behold, the internet can save us, Tigers!  Steve Lambert (picture at left) has created a program called “Self Control” that will block you from Facebook, Twitter, your email, or any other sites that provide procrastinating pleasure. It works for up to twelve hours, and here’s the catch: once you’ve pressed “Start,” there’s no way to stop the clock. You can quit out of the application, restart your computer, scream profanities at it at the top of your lungs… nothing doing. It’s iron-clad. And, as the week’s slogged on, I have become an increasingly devoted fan, despite the sadness of seeing this screen every five minutes:

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So go ahead and try it. If you dare…

The Curious Case of Chatroulette, III: You’re nice! Or, not.

You’ll have to pardon my insistence on Chatroulette. I’m just consistently amazed at this… thing, and the interactions it produces. What’s even better is that some people have made such a connection to people they’ve met on Chatroulette that they’ve actually friended each other on Facebook (not to mention posted missed connections about lost opportunities on Craigslist).

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A female student who chose to remain anonymous (we’ll call her Flustered Flo ’12), told us about her own experiences getting to know some ‘rouletters.

Flo heard about Chatroulette through some friends and thought it was hilarious the first few times she did it.

“I generally don’t tell people who I am or where I am, until I know who they are and where they’re from,” she said. “I’ve only ever told one person that I was from Princeton, and we found out that we knew some people in common. That made me feel safer.”

She’s even Facebook friended two college students she met on the ‘lette and has kept in contact with them through messages.

That’s not to say it was all rosy, though… Because, you know, things get complicated in matters of the heart.

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Facebook Tells of Secret Scholarships

The sketchy Facebook ad — everyone’s favorite source of financial guidance — has risen to splendid new heights of sketchiness. When it’s not advertising Christian/Jewish/Asian singles (variety is the spice of life?), offering jobs for which I am patently unqualified (Diesel technician for CAT dealerships in North Dakota?), or telling me about Alicia Silverstone’s vegan diet (???), it’s giving me scholarship advice! Check out this gem I spotted a few months ago:

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Yes, Facebook, you convinced this impressionable pre-frosh. I saw your unsightly, vertically-skewed Princeton crest and I felt nothing but pure, unequivocal trust. I knew this was my school. Despite Princeton’s clearly-stated policy on the issue, I had faith that they were making an exception for me. That they were reaching out to me on a down-to-earth level — on Facebook, because they knew it would be convenient. And as if things couldn’t get any better, they were offering me a free scholarship, obviously a preferable alternative to the plethora of paid scholarships out there.

… but seriously, what kind of scammers pay for this stuff?

’13 invades Facebook

If you recently heard a faint ripping sound, that was the Class of 2013 voraciously tearing into their matriculation packets. Which means that they got their netIDs. Which also means they’re now on Facebook’s Princeton network.

We’re not insinuating people will start doing anything but… Here’s a hint: It rhymes with “Spacebook flocking.”

The “Princeton Class of 2013” Facebook group offers some conversational gems, like discussions on application essays and the fact that Forbes is far from everything.

Oh ’13, we’ll grow to love you, I’m sure.