James Moran Middle School

James Moran Middle School is located in Wallingford, CT half-way between New York and Boston. We have 900 students in grades 6-8. Our Library of Congress Archive group was made up of 25 volunteers who met to select websites for inclusion into the Archive. We spent time simulating in school our natural web surfing activities that they would have followed at home. Just like at home, what naturally happened was that the "crowd" influenced what sites we chose and the power of social networking's influence on our net surfing behavior became very obvious. We tried to start off each day by casually surfing the web and take note of what sites we were naturally drawn towards and which ones we were influenced to visit based on the word of others. We also took note of sites that we might not visit everyday, but that were important sources of information that we might use every so often such as church sites, and movie theatre home pages. One thing we noticed this year that while the amount of time we might spend on the internet might have not changed from previous years, we are visiting fewer and fewer sites each day. After choosing the websites, we found that almost every site could fit into one of three categories: Entertainment, Shopping, and Social Networking. We think it is an honor to be able to contribute to the archive, and in our own little way help to "write" history.

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Entertainment 2011

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When Parents Text
http://whenparentstext.com/

This is a really funny website that has little posts on really funny text messages that parents or grandparents send their children. People just read this website when they need a laugh!

Sites that are used for entertainment purposes

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  • http://amctv.com/originals/The-Walking-Dead/
    This is a tv show about a group of people that fight zombies. An infection came over the world and most humans turned into zombies. Now a police man and a group of followers have to fight to get to a safe haven.
  • http://americanidol.com/
    American Idol is a television show that brings out ordinary people to sing in front of America. America votes with their phones on who should be the next American Idol. When you become the next American Idol you get a record deal and record your own songs and get a career as a singer.
  • http://borders.com/
    A store that sells all sorts of books for all ages. A book is something that is read, paper with words on it, and all that paper is covered by a hard cover. After you finish a page, you turn the paper and there is more of the book. People write books about many things. Some of these things include events that are occuring now, that occured in the past, people who write about their lives, called biographies, and sometimes people even document someone else's life, and that is called an autobiography.
  • http://bowlbrunswick.com/
    Bowling is an activity that you can do. You throw the ball at the pins and knock them down. It can be fun and frustrating all at once. It is something that you can be a proffesional at it. It's a great family game or great for birthday party's. There are many different places to bowl you just have to find one. Have fun.
  • http://creepypasta.com/
    An online collection of scary stories. Most is anonymously written by users of 4chan.org, and then posted on to this site. The phrase "Creepy Pasta" is a variation of the widely known "copy pasta" phrase, meaning something copied and pasted over and over again without credit.
  • http://cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries/
    Vampire Diaries is a teen show on a channel called The CW. It is about a younge women that falls in love with a vampire. It always has action and leaves you hanging at the end of an episode
  • http://daveandbusters.com/
    This is a place to eat, but you can also play arcade games. This is fun and anyone any age can have a good time. Most people compare the kids restaurant/arcade Chuck E. Cheese to it, except for teenagers and adults. It is a highly recommended place for all people.
  • http://dearblankpleaseblank.com/
    A site that has a bunch of funny letters. Every single one starts with Dear ____, and they fill the blank with whatever they want and then add what ever they want to the middle and it ends with Sincerly ________. Most of them are funny, but some really make you almost fall down laughing.
  • http://dickssportinggoods.com/
    A website where you can buy sporting attire and equiptment. Sports are things people compete against other peolpe in to have fun. For example, in lacrosse you have to use a special stick to get a rubber ball into a net while the other team tries to stop you.
  • http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/
    An amusement park for families to go to on vacation and create memeories. There are rides such as rollercoasters as well as rides for younger kids. You can also find life size characters from the Disney company. You can meet the most famous mouse in the world: Mickey Mouse. There are hotels and places to shop and eat all based for families.There is food and shopping and fun for every age. There are four parks in Walt Disney world (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT,Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom)two parks in Disneyland California (Disneyland,California Adventure) a park in Disneyland Paris and a Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland Shangai. Disneyland California was the first park ever built and it was built by walt Disney and his workers and opened in 1955. Walt Disney World opened in 1971, 5 years after Walt Disney passed away. Walt Disney was the one who created and dreamed up the parks and was a famous cartoonist and animator. He invented the most famous character in the world: Mickey Mouse. There were tv shows, music, merchandise, and parks opened all for Mickey Mouse. People from all over the world come to one of the Disney parks just to meet Mickey and to see the magic that Disney creates.
  • http://fox.com/glee/
    A show on a Fox. There are a group of teenagers in highschool that start a glee club. A glee club is a group of people who sing, dance, and preform on stage in front of people and try to be the best out of other groups in competition. But more in the show happens then just preformances, they have to go through all the stresses of being a teenager and use glee club to try and fit in with at least one of the cliques in highschool. It's an amazingly good show that everyone, teenagers and adults alike, can connect to. Its also the most watched show by 17 year old up.
  • http://gllsow.org/
    A website where you can sign up for softball, contact coaches, see what team your on and they would put up a schedule for upcoming events.
  • http://goodnewscc.com/templates/System/default.asp?id=41346/
    A place where you can worship god with friends and family. The pasters are very nice. There are activities and other things to do and voluteer with as well.
  • http://holidaycinemas10.com/
    A popular hangout spot for teenagers and families to watch new movies that have just been released.There are always movies for kids, tees, families, and adults to watch anytime. You can buy a ticket and sit in a theater with comfortable chairs and a very large movie screen. The movie is projected on the screen so that everyone in the theater can see the movie that is playing. It is usually dark in the theater so that the movies can be seen better buy the audience. Sometimes, there are 3D movies. 3D stands for three dimensional which means that the items on the screen pop out and you can feel like you are actually there or that the items are flying out towards you. You have to wear special glasses in order to see the 3D things in the movie. The 3D also enhances the feeling of the movie so if it is an action movie, you feel like you are in the middle of an adventure. Holiday Cinemas 10 also includes arcade games and snacks to buy while watching the movie. While waiting for the movie to start you can sit in the lobby and play simulation games like waterskiing and trying to grab prizes with a claw. You can also buy snacks to eat while you are watching the movie. There are snacks like popcorn, chocolate, soda, candies, pretzels, hot dogs, pizza and many other things. Many teens frequent here on Friday nights. Even if there are no interesting movies that have come out, they are always there to hangout with friends.
  • http://justinbiebermusic.com/default.aspx/
    Justin Bieber is the hottest kid on the planet. He is giving everyone Bieber Fever.Bieber Fever is a term that is used by his diehard fans and everyone in the world that seems to have a crush on Justin Bieber. He is a music sensation from Ontario, Canada and every one that has common sense loves him. Justin is a pop singer and he plays the piano, the drums, and the guitar. He is known all over the world and he is loved everywhere. Jsutin Bieber has been an inspiration to kids of all ages as he encourages them to "Never Say Never" and not to give up on their dreams. As a kid he grew up with his mom below the poverty line and had a hard time getting food on the table for dinner. He became Youtube sensation over night and had fans following him the second he posted his first video. he got signed to a record label and his hit song "One Time" was released in 2009. That is when the Bieber Fever began. He released his first album in November 2009 and came out with his second album in 2010. He has had numerous sold out tours and stolen the hearts of milions of teenage girls.
  • http://lacrosse.com/
    A website on sport of lacrosse. Keep up with your favorite teams and buy apperel. The goal of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team.
  • http://longhornsteakhouse.com/
    Long Horn Steakhouse is a place where you go to eat food and waiters serve you it. The thing that seperates it from the rest is that the food there is amazing and it has a really good atmosphere.
  • http://mylifeisaverage.com/
    My Life is Average is a website where they post stories about funny things that happen in their life. These stories never seem to be average, even though the website is called My Life is Average.
  • http://nbc.com/saturday-night-live/
    Saturday Night Live is a live sketch comedy show on Saturday Nights. Every week there is a guest host and musical guest that are in some of the sketches. Some sketches are made up and some sketches are about current news.
  • http://netflix.com/
    Netflix is a company that started a revolution in the renting of DVDs. They mail you DVDs that you specify using your DVD queue on their website. You also have the option to watch selected titles instantly on your computer or game console.
  • http://prettylittleliars.com/
    Pretty Little Liars is a television show on abc family that is based on a book series. Its about a girl who gets murderd and after 1 year they dont find her body or her killer. But one night they find the body and a person named A is sending them texts and emails threatining them that if the girls dont do what A wants, A will tell all of their secrets. A is also helping them to find Allie's killer.
  • http://rottentomatoes.com/
    Rotten Tomatoes is a site that posts reveiws on all the new, old, and upcoming movies.
  • http://sixbillionsecrets.com/
    This is a website that many people put their secrets on. Someone can just go on to read other people's secrets or they could go on to submit one of their own secrets to the website. Your secrets are completely anonymous.
  • http://superbowlads.fanhouse.com/?sem=1&ncid=AOLSPR00170000000009&s_kwcid=TC|10781|super%20bowl%20commercials||S|b|6519997760/
    This is a place where you can go watch or rewatch the commercials from the Super Bowl. The Superbowl is the biggest game in the NFl, and some of the commercials are the best part of the game. They are mostly comedic, but sometimes have an underlying message.
  • http://the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com/
    TAPS stands for The Atlantic Paranormal Society. TAPS helps people all over America with their ghost problems. They are the most famous ghost hunters in the United States. They have their own TV show on a channel called SyFy which takes the veiwer through the investigated. SyFy is a channel for fiction movies and shows.
  • http://themat.com/
    Official Website of USA Wrestling. This website shows all about USA freestyle wrestling. People use it to look up what is going on in the Wrestling world. Wrestling is a sport where two people fight without punching or kicking, just grappling.
  • http://tumblr.com/
    Tumblr is a social networking website which integrates the features of many social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Wordpress, Formspring, and Livejournal. It's mainly used to blog and post pictures of many different things. A lot of up-and-coming artists, musicians, photographers, and writers, make a Tumblr site of their own to help their work get recognized. It's also used casually, just for people who like blogging.
  • http://vh1.com/
    A tv station where you can watch the latest and most popular music videos from popular singers and bands. They have a weekly countdown on their tv station so you can see what the popular music videos are for the week. You can also vote online for the video you think is the best and should be number one on the top 20 countdown of the week. From 2009-2011, some popular artists featured on the show are: Lady Gaga, Usher, Pitbull, Drake, Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi,Rihanna, Katy Perry, Christina Perry, Colbie Calliat, Micheal Buble, Lee Dwyze, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Taio Cruz, Avril Lavigne and many more. This website can show you new music that you don't know and tv shows that you might have missed.
  • http://whawks.com/
    Offical Website for the Wallingford Hawks hockey. Hockey is a sport that uses a stick, a plastic disc, and a medal frame with a net around it. There are 6 players. A goalie, left and right wings, defence, and center. Your goal is to score the most goals on the medal frame with netting around it. You get 3 periods in the game that have 12 minutes in it.
  • http://whenparentstext.com/
    This is a really funny website that has little posts on really funny text messages that parents or grandparents send the there children. People just read this website when they need a laugh!
  • http://www.airforce.com/
    This is a website that shows you about the airforce and what it does.
  • http://www.bowling2u.com/
    A bowling alley where kids and families go to play a game of bowling where you roll a heavy ball and knock down pins to score points. There are also some arcade games and lots of food
  • http://www.gllsow.org/
    A website where you can sign up for softball, contact coaches, see what team your on and they would put up a schedule for upcoming events.
  • http://www.google.com/chrome/index.html?hl=en&brand=CHMA&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-bk&utm_medium=ha/
    A very popular web browser used to surf the internet.
  • http://www.historiquest.com/
    As stated on their blog, HistoriQuest was founded by a public school Social Studies and college History teacher with a wide range of technical and academic skills in order to offer creative solutions for the deployment of technology and education-based resources for museums, historical societies, tourism agencies, schools, and other institutions.
  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/
    StumbleUpon is a website where you input your intrests and they come up with random websites. I like to use it to find online games and funny pictures. You could probably spend hours and hours and hours just clicking the stumble button and finding the best sites on the web. First you could stumble upon a site of hilarious comics, to a group of inspiring stories,to amazing photographs, to a playlist of classical music. Once you click the stumble button...you never know what's gonna come up on your computer screen next.
  • http://xbox.com/
    This site is about the Xbox 360 video game console. The Xbox 360 has lots of different games including award-winning games such as the Halo and the Gears of War series. In 2011, Microsoft unveiled Kinect, a motion-tracking camera that makes the Xbox 360 even better. You can also play the Xbox 360 online and talk to your friends.
  • http://brunswickbowling.com/
    Brunswick Bowling is a place where friends can go to hang out and have friendly competition. Bowling is a game where you take a round, rock ball that you throw down a wooden alley. The goal is to get as many pins down as posible in ten frames. You only get two turns per frame, unless you get all pins down on the first try. It is also a place to have birthday parties and spend time with family.
  • http://cbs.com/primetime/big_bang_theory/
    A hilarious show based on a science genius, Sheldon, who annoys everyone around him who is the main character. His best friend is Leonard who also is his roomate. They also hang out with Raj, who cannot talk around girls without a drink and is an astrophysist, Howard, a engineer, Penny, and Amy, Sheldon sort-of girlfriend who is exactly. They all, except for Penny, work in a field of science who is in a back and forth relationship with Leonard.
  • http://hulu.com/
    A website used to watch full videos of any tv show you can think of. Similar to YouTube,(a website for watching videos created by users) but instead of videos made by a user they are tv shows uploaded by the creaters of hulu.

Shopping 2011

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Justice
http://shopjustice.com/

It is a clothing store for teenage girls that sell bright and colorful clothing that allows girls to express themselves through clothing design they sell tops jeans skirts dresses shoes and funky necklaces, bracelets and nail polish.

Shopping

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  • http://allpetsclub.com/Home.aspx
    This is the website of a pet store in Connecticut. Here you can buy an assortment of animals, from dogs to fish. Also, you can bu accesories for your animals and food. The employees are very personable, and you will be happy you went there to buy a pet.
  • http://Aol.com/
    AOL is a website to find breaking news, celebrity news, sports,weather and many more things! You can do so many things on this websiteb such as play games, take polls and its so easy to find the latest news.
  • http://aspca.org/
    Animals such as dogs and cats sometimes have bad owners, or run away and get lost. This is a place where they go to be taken care of and to hopefully get adopted.
  • http://bluehillsorchard.com/
    The website of a farm that grows fruit such as apples and peaches. Then a store sells the fruit to other people who eat it.
  • http://burlingtoncoatfactory.com/
    Burlington Coat Factory is a nice place to purchase any items you would like. They sell everything you could think of. They have clothes for everyone including babies. They also sell accessories, toys, shoes, bedding, home decor, etc. It's kind of an everything store.
  • http://chilis.com
    This is a restaurant that sellls delicous great food, and most of it is mexican. Its not that expensive and its a nice family, or date night dining place.
  • http://christospizzarestaurant.com/
    Christos Pizza is restaurant where people can go for Italian style food. They serve pizza,seafood, pasta, soups, salads, and sandwiches. The most popular thing they sell is pizza and they have free delivery. You can call the resaurant from your house and have them bring the pizza to you. There are many different toppings you can get on your pizza like meats,cheeses,and vegetables. It is conveniently located near the movie theater and many people go to Christos for pizza after a movie.
  • http://delias.com/
    Delia's is a clothing store for girls. It has clothing, shoes, bathing suits and bed materials. They have all of the hottest things in the fashion world and they make it cute.
  • http://footlocker.com/
    The official website of the store, Footlocker. You can purchase many items there, such as shoes, socks and sweatshirts, among other things. It allows you to buy items you want without leaving your home. This website can be recognized by the basketball referee as their logo. This is one of the biggest companies to buy footwear in the United States.
  • http://forever21.com/
    This is a clothing store where you can buy anything that you like, ot that is your style. Forever 21 also sells shoes and many cute accesories.
  • http://gamestop.com/
    A store that specializes in selling video games. Video games are games played by mostly teens and children. They are entertainment. They can be played on a computer or a gaming device, such as a PlayStation, which is plugged into a television, and requires a controller. That has buttons that control players in the game. There are many video games, about many different things. There are ones about war, education, and even just some made up worlds.
  • http://halfwayhomeonline.com/
    This is a non-profit organization in Connecticut where homeless, abused, and abandoned cats go to find a new home. At halfway home they have a safe place to live until they're adopted.
  • http://hottopic.com/
    Store full of shirts, jackets, jeans, shoes, and a bunch of accesories, mostly gothic, mostly for teens.
  • http://marshallsonline.com/
    A clothing store for men, women, boys, but mostly teenage girls. There are also shoes, perfume, and some toys, purses, makeup, a few electronics, accesories for girls and boys, accesories for electronics, and home appliances.
  • http://neilsdonuts.com/
    Neil's Donuts is a local donut shop in Wallingford, Connecticut. It has coffee, donuts, muffins, cookies, and a whole bunch of other things. They have the best donuts in the world. They are baked fresh everyday, and when you get them they are still warm and soft. All the other things are baked or brewed fresh. Everything is so good. If you go in the morning they even make breakfast sandwiches.
  • http://shopjustice.com/
    It is a clothing store for teenage girls that sell bright and colorful clothing that allows girls to express themselves through clothing design they sell tops jeans skirts dresses shoes and funky neckalaces bracelets and nailpolish.
  • http://target.com/
    A store that sells furniture, clothes for the whole family, food, shoes, jewlery, perfume, makeup, toys, electronics, gifts, birthday accesories, women and men accesories, under garments, books, and a lot of other cool things.
  • http://uggaustralia.com
    Uggs is a brand of boots for winter. They have fur on the inside of the boot, and on the heel there is a tag that has the name uggs on it. The boots come in many different styles and colors.
  • http://walgreens.com/
    A pharmacy where you get medicine, but it also sells toys, makeup, and food.It's a conveniet store that sells toiletry and a little bit of everything. It is a great store for the whole family.
  • http://walmart.com/
    Walmart is a superstore. You can buy so many things here, from clothing to grocery to electroncis, anything! Its such a convient store and its very large. Walmart is also an inexpensive store!
  • http://westfield.com/connecticutpost/
    The Mall that nearly every teenager in Wallingford goes to, either to shop or to just hang out.There are a ton of stores there like a dollar store where every thing cost a dollar or less, Hot Topic, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, and a lot of others
  • http://windsorstore.com/
    Windsor is a store were girls can go to buy prom dresses,formal dresses, and the highest fashion. They also sell jewlary, and belts.
  • http://www.coach.com/
    Coach is a famous brand. It makes purses, shoes, jewlery, clothes, ect. Its good qaulity things, but they are expensive. They range from about $38 to about $700. Their shoes are very comfortable and their purses are stylish.
  • http://www.friendlys.com/
    Friendly's is a family restaurant with fun for all ages. They serve hamburgers, french fries, waffle fries, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, sandwiches and the most famous thing from Friendly's - ice cream.Friendly's was only and ice cream place before they turned it into a full restaurant. They have many different kinds of ice creams and toppings like sprinkles, cherries, hot fudge, M&Ms, Oreo cookies, and other candies. Friendly's is a great restaurant for kids and kids at heart.
  • http://www.metrotaxict.com/
    A taxi company. Used to get rides around the state if you don't have a car. The taxi driver drives the person around to their destination and the the person has to pay the taxi driver.
  • http://www.starbucks.com/
    Starbucks is a place to buy beverages(usually coffee) and you can order food such as bagels, muffins, sandwiches etc. You order to a cashier and they get it ready and give it to you. Or you can drive through a parking lot to get your food through a window, which is very convienent. It is fantastic drinks and food and I love it!
  • http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/index.html
    This is a clothing website for winter sweatshirts and jackets. They are pretty and stylish and a lot of people own Northfaces and wear them.
  • http://www.wendys.com/
    This is a restaraunt where you can get your food fast and easily! Wendy's serves hamburgers and cheeseburgers, a beef product (meat from a cow), with or without cheese on them.
  • http://zumiez.com/
    A store that sells basicly skateboards and clothes. A skateboard is a peice of wood with wheels on the bottom. You stand on top of the wood part and push the ground with your foot. The skateboard starts rolling and thus, you are riding the skateboard.

Social Networking 2011

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Carly's Blog
http://moranmustangs.org/carleyr/

This is a blog that talks about many things. It ranges from sports to historical events. A blog is something where you can writer any opinion or thought you have about a topic. It is like a article on a web site or newspaper but in ur own words.

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  • http://harvard.edu/
    This is the website of one the most prestigious learning places in America. People from all around the world go to this place to acquire knowledge about an assortment of things. It is also a college. Only really smart people are able to go there.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/benjaminb/
    A website where Ben shares his feelings and ideas with the world.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/carleyr/
    This is a blog that talks about many things. It ranges from sports to historical events. A blog is something where you can writer any opinion or thought you have about a topic. It is like a artical on a web site or newpaper but in ur own words.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/cassandrar/
    This is my own personal blog wehere i write posts for my social studies class homework!
  • http://moranmustangs.org/christopherb/
    This is a place where I do my homework for Social Studies class and tell my readers about my life. It is a fun place to know what goes on in class and in my life, and also it is interactive. You can play games on it and leave comments, and I will get back to you and visit your blog.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/erinr/
    This is a blog where people can read about American history, current events, and fun and exciting stories. It is a blog written by a thirteen year old and allows readers to step into the mind of a teenager through writing. The site has facts, videos, and pictures.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/heatherp/
    This is my blog! We got assigned a blog for each student at the beginning of the year. Starting off I really couldn’t wait to start and even though sometimes I would rather not to it but I would rather do that then do homework on a worksheet! We get assigned the homework usually at the beginning of the week and it would evolve either looking up some new things or on what we did in class that week.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/jessicasr11/
    This is my blog that our teacher has assigned us to use. he gives us an assignment on the main page telling us to post about something in history. I have posts about significant objects, cow towns, a letter 'from the future', and a lot of other topics. Plus, there are some random posts in there that I put for the heck of it...but most of it is school work.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/mikaylap/
    This is my personal blog that I write on weekly! Every week, in school, we aare assigned to write a blog post.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/nicoleg/
    This is my very own blog! I write about topics usually my teacher assigns! I write a couple paragraphs to tell about a topic, and anyone in the world could read it!
  • http://moranmustangs.org/patrickb/
    My very first blog. Used to do blogs that our teacher asked us to do every week. Also to do the "Blogging Challenge" which is a series of post we had to read and then do what the post had said. We would write a blog on the question it had sked us.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/steveng/
    This is a website maintained by Steve, a teenager from Connecticut. Most of the posts consist of class assignments, opinions, and other cool things.
  • http://moranmustangs.org/sydneyr/
    This is my blog. I made it for my Social Studies class and it is alot of fun. We do blogs mainly for school but sometimes you can do a ramdome post about anything you want.
  • http://tumblr.com/
    Tumblr is a social networking website which integrates the features of many social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Wordpress, Formspring, and Livejournal. It's mainly used to blog and post pictures of many different things. A lot of up-and-coming artists, musicians, photographers, and writers, make a Tumblr site of their own to help their work get recognized. It's also used casually, just for people who like blogging.
  • http://weather.com/
    This website is the place where alot of people get national weather. They can tell you if it's going to snow, rain, or what the temperature is going to be! It's an easy way to find out what the weather is going to be with a click of a mouse!
  • http://www.blackle.com/
    An energy saving google search engine. Works just as well as google and saves energy.
  • http://formspring.me/
    This is a website where people can ask you any question they want but remain anonymous. People usually get bullied on this website but a lot of my friends use it.