What is WhatsGoodly? A Social Media Safety Guide

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What is WhatsGoodly? A Social Media Safety Guide

June 23, 2015
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NOTE: This app was shutdown in 2017 and is no longer available in the iOS App Store or on Google Play.

WhatsGoodly is an anonymous, location-based, social polling application designed for college students.

What is WhatsGoodly?

  • Ask girls and/or boys questions that you couldn’t get answered elsewhere
  • Even if WhatsGoodly has a 17+ age restriction, school students still can see polls and vote
  • WhatsGoodly is an anonymous, location-based, social polling application designed for college students

How WhatsGoodly works:

  • WhatsGoodly is a free app
  • Designed for college students
  • It has 17+ age restriction
  • You can join your university group if you have a university connected email
  • If you don’t, you still can view questions, newsfeeds and vote in polls

To register an account on WhatsGoodly you need to create an original username and choose your gender

  1. To register an account on WhatsGoodly, create an original username and choose your gender
  2. Gender is required as some of the polls are set only for girls or boys to answer
  3. Your username can be completely anonymous, but cannot be changed later

There are a lot of questions about dating, relationships, alcohol and smoking on WhatsGoodly

WhatsGoodly rules for posting

  • Since WhatsGoodly is meant for college students, it  has very few rules for its content
  • Most rules are related to safety, personal information and spam
  • Therefore, there are a lot of questions about sex, dating, relationships, alcohol and smoking on WhatsGoodly.

To make app more engaging, WhatsGoodly has levels: the more you participate, the higher level you achieve

The app is gamified

Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems and increase users' contributions.

  • To make WhatsGoodly even more engaging, the more you play, the higher the level you can achieve
  • You start as a “Freshman”. Then you can increase your level by voting, commenting, and creating polls

Cyberbullying on WhatsGoodly is made easier because of anonymous and location based features

What should parents know about WhatsGoodly?

  • Even if your students are not in college, they still can see and vote in polls
  • There are a lot of adult questions about dating and relationships
  • Cyberbullying is made easier because of anonymous and location based features
  • There are sometimes racial based offensive comments on this app

What are students saying?

Sometimes questions directly ask you to preference one race over another, or questions are posed in a way that degrade certain races - Wharton Freshman (From Daily Pennsylvanian)
One of my friends deleted the app because she was on it and she was so offended by it. When they ask questions like who’s hotter, who’s uglier, that’s just mean and disgusting. - Wharton Freshman (From Daily Pennsylvanian)

What can parents do?

  1. If your students are under 17 years old, we recommend you ask them to delete this app
  2. Tell your kids that if they have questions about dating or relationships they should text their friends privately (and not seek outside anonymous advice)
  3. Have a conversation with your kids about cyberbullying
  4. Remind your kids that they should always be Light, Bright & Polite even if they think the post is private

Comment below if you have any questions or tell us for which app we should create our next safety guide.

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