Famafox Hopes to Bring Positive Messages to Teenagers

May 8, 2015

8:00 pm

Sometimes, encouraging words can come from those you least expect, even complete strangers. Social media has proven to be a tool for both positive messages to strangers, or online bullying.

Famafox wants to create a more positive world by encouraging positive communication, while leveraging the power of anonymity. The social media platform is launching an app where users can connect with those who know us the best can share what they think and feel, without disregard or fear of ramifications.

“People often see things but are afraid to say them,” said Charlie Carroll, founder of Famafox. “Famafox lets people post questions and get efficient and qualified feedback. Because it’s anonymous, people are more able to be honest, but it’s also safe because of the qualified rating system. We’re hoping it fosters deeper connections among users.”

To achieve qualified anonymity on Famafox, users must invite ten friends and have them respond to an anonymous survey that ranks the user via a series of positive character statements. Famafox algorithms give users a five-star average of how they are perceived by their peers. The rating system follows a user on Famafox, appearing on posts and responses to help create an online personality without revealing a user’s identity. Its built-in ratings system discourages mudslinging and cyberbullying, so trolls and haters are not allowed or called out.

According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. A platform that encourages the opposite, mainly positive words, can be a great tool to help teens with self-esteem issues.

The app includes a “Feed” where people can ask questions and get responses either publicly or privately.  To prevent mudslinging, users can rate responses based on how helpful they were or report cases of abuse. It also includes a Finder” section, a location-based services to find people and places they would enjoy nearby.

Image Credit: Flickr/Martinak15

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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