Clabbor: An Inside Look into an Internet Sensation

Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are great sites for posting pictures, music and funny observations, but teens are often ridiculed for posting questions about political beliefs or “sensitive” topics on these traditional social media sites.

Enter Clabbor: the new social media trend and soon to be web hit created by John Frattaroli, the father of two St. Luke’s students Ally ‘14 and Andrew Frattaroli ’16.

Hook, line and sinker: “Your high school and college years can be [harsh], Clabbor is intended to make them easier.” the title page reads. The site allows people to post any question they want and answer any question that’s posted, no matter the content or subject. Kids can ask about the noble gases and the Pythagorean theorem, or ask questions about “third-wheeling” and other relationship and social problems. Some of Sentinel’s favorite questions include “Is it normal?” in which people posted borderline socially acceptable scenarios and judged the normality. “Electoral vs. Popular vote” in which we learn the political opinions of almost all of Clabbor’s users is also a fan favorite. The new site is becoming extremely popular because of its appealing opportunity to allow teens to ask questions and answer them about any topic they are interested in.

Clabbor is different than any other question-answer sites like Yahoo Answers or Ask Jeeves because teenagers built Clabbor with other teens in mind. In fact, this summer and throughout the school year, some of St. Luke’s very own students contributed to the creation of the site. Riley Vaske ’14 said that she and many other students were involved in a focus group for Clabbor. Members of this group were “guinea pigs” to the new site and were some of the first teens to try it out. They spent two hours playing with Clabbor and discussing what they did and didn’t like about it. Ally Frattaroli ’14, co-founder of Clabbor had this to say about the process of building the site, “Over the summer we had nine or ten students, including myself, from different high schools and colleges, and went over everything from basic functionality, to the Pulse which is Clabbor’s version of the Facebook newsfeed. There’s still a lot of problems, but we’re fixing and need more people to join.”

The focus group working hard on improving Clabbor.

Probably one of the sites coolest features is the Pulse. The Pulse is similar to other social media sites’ newsfeeds in that it’s constantly updated with different posts or questions, but Clabbor’s Pulse has a more artistic edge to it. The Pulse has more colors, more pictures, better transitions and animations than the majority of other social networks. Unlike the still-life style of Facebook, the Pulse changes and transitions questions in a much faster and stylistic manner.

This new social media trend is not completely public yet, as it is on an invite only basis. Because of this, the website has a strong majority of St. Luke’s students, as many SLS teenagers got an original invite. Because of this, it’s not surprising to find questions from Robert Powis ‘14 about the hockey lockout or a question about US history from Drew Lord ’14.

St. Luke’s students who worked on the website earned money by inviting a certain amount of people to the site. Tunde Johnson’14 is expecting a $50 gift card from the site for inviting so many SLS students.

Without a doubt, Clabbor provides a fresh, new take on social media. Any question, any topic, any answer-the site has no boundaries. “Do people really pee in the shower?” “I’m overwhelmed with work what do I do?” “Why do women take so long in the bathroom?” “Who would win in a fight, an Iphone or an Android?” and “Global warming: Real or Fake?” are all questions we would not know the answers to without Clabbor. Educating, inspiring, provoking and jaw dropping, If you want to join the Clabbor community, you’ll have to find an invite from another member as the site will not go completely public until December.

– Will Bloomer, Staff Writer

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