Bowdoin's "AddSeven" website gains momentum on the Hill
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Students on the Hill will no longer have to wait until senior year to experience the thrill of the Last Chance Dance. Thanks to AddSeven, a social-networking site that filters and matches students within a college based on mutual requests to “connect” with one another, students can forego weekend flirtations and make more direct connections with their peers.
AddSeven originated at Bowdoin College last spring as a project designed by then seniors Yoni Ackerman and Noah Isaacson. Despite originally being thought of as a simple April Fool’s joke, the site quickly gained popularity; within one month, it boasted 717 registered Bowdoin students. According to The Bowdoin Orient, “The site is modeled after Senior Seven, the perennial senior week tradition that allows the graduating class seven final chances to realize outstanding hook-up dreams.”
The website works like this: each user registers for the site and is then prompted to choose seven students with whom they would like to be matched. Matches are compiled on a weekly basis and can be viewed at midnight on Thursdays. If a user chooses someone who is not registered for AddSeven, the pick is notified via e-mail that he or she has been chosen and is then invited to join the site.
None of this mattered much to students on the Hill at the time, but a month after Ackerman and Isaacson launched the site they expanded to include networks for Bates, Middlebury and even Colby.
“We heard from people at other schools that they would be interested in something like this, and we sort of had the idea that we didn’t want it to be just at Bowdoin,” Ackerman said in an interview with The Bowdoin Orient.
This early in the year, it’s not clear how the website will be received at the College. “It would probably be used as more of a joke, like the website ‘Like a Little’ was last year,” Rob Yee ’12 said. “And having it around would take away the four-year suspense that the Last Chance Dance has fostered.”