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Snubster: Consider Yourself 'On Notice'

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Snubster: Consider Yourself 'On Notice'

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Snubster: Consider Yourself 'On Notice'

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ALISON STEWART, host:

So, Rachel…

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Yes, Alison?

STEWART: …are you in Facebook? Do you have a page?

MARTIN: I do.

STEWART: I do as well. Do you keep up your page, honestly?

MARTIN: I don't.

STEWART: I don't really, either.

MARTIN: I'm one of those lame people who - I don't put in the effort into it, but I use it a lot to look in my friends' stuff.

STEWART: Sure, find out what they're doing. Every now and again, I'll put something up, and, you know, it's kind of exciting. You know, I enjoy getting poked every now and again.

Yesterday, I heard somebody bragging about how many friends she had on in LinkedIn, and another one saying she hasn't time to keep up her Facebook page, and there's one couple that we all know about who's having a contest about who can get the most Facebook friends.

MARTIN: Mm-hmm.

STEWART: Seems like the time is right for a full-on backlash. So enter Enemybook.com, Hatebook.org, and a site called Snubster. Sounds an awful lot like Friendster, only you're getting snubbed.

It allows users to list people and things they don't like by putting them in one of two categories in Snubster: unnoticed or dead to me.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: A choice inspired by a Stephen Colbert bit.

MARTIN: Right now, the top three most popular listings on Snubster: tabloids, Scientology and emo kids. We talked to the site's creator, Bryant Choung, and he explained its purpose.

Mr. BRYANT CHOUNG (Founder, Snubster): The site is absurdity of existing so-called social networking sites like MySpace or Friendster or Facebook. It's the year 2008. I thought the Internet could do better. They call it, like, social networking as if it solves all of the social problems in the world. But, really, you go on, and there's not much there.

People create these (unintelligible) friends. You might meet somebody at a party, talk for them for five minutes, then they suddenly want to become your Facebook friend. You can't reject them because you're not really their enemy. But once you do make them one of your friends, they have access to all your photos, photos you probably shouldn't have shared with the Internet. I thought it would be funny to kind of parody what's actually going on on those sites and make the opposite, where people are encouraged to put on things that they dislike or they might consider enemies.

MARTIN: Now, here's an interesting thing. We spoke to the creators of several of these anti-social networking sites, and they all believe that people were more likely to be themselves on these anti-social networking sites than on the traditional ones. Bryant says Snubster - no exception.

Mr. CHOUNG: It's kind of interesting to see that people actually are a little bit more honest with themselves and also with who they kind of represent themselves as. Like on Facebook, a lot of times, people are trying to build up this new online persona. Rather, on Snubster, it's just really what's on people's minds that's really bothering them.

STEWART: So users of Snubster can either list these things that are bugging them as on notice or dead to me.

Mr. CHOUNG: If you have somebody unnoticed, they did an infraction that, you know, can be resolved. So the way that it works online is if somebody is on notice, it has an expiration date. If somebody's dead to you, they're permanently on that list.

STEWART: That happens when you're dead.

Mr. CHOUNG: They've done something so bad, that they're going to be on that list for that foreseeable future.

STEWART: And it's kind of amazing that the things that could really make people angry. Bryant gave us some of his personal favorites.

Mr. CHOUNG: Pictures of angels, dead to this person for clogging up the Internet. Another one was certificates of appreciation, dead to this person. It's really a piece of paper to let me know you're too cheap to give me a raise. Thanks for nothing.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. CHOUNG: This wife apparently put her husband on notice.

STEWART: Oh.

Mr. CHOUNG: She put - he knows why. In fact, he's perpetually on notice. You better kick it up a notch, buddy.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Yeah, buddy, pick it up a notch. I went on this site. People really - they don't pull any punches. KFC was dead to me for three people. One said, quote, "For giving me a stomachache."

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: And there's one guy, his name is James. His dead-to-me list, at number one was Senator Russ Feingold for being an annoying liberal.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: At number five was rap. He wrote, it may be simplistic poetry, but it's sure not music.

Mr. CHOUNG: All right.

STEWART: At number eight that was dead to him, the phrase: no problem. He wrote people who say no problem say no problem instead of you're welcome are ignorant of good grammar and etiquette. Wow.

MARTIN: That's hard core.

STEWART: Bryant does say that in spite of all that bile, Snubster is really just a place for people who want to have a little bit of fun.

Mr. CHOUNG: That's really the whole idea. It wasn't meant to be taken too seriously, and it really just lets people kind of vent a little.

STEWART: You could check it out at Snubster.com. The random entry generator will definitely get you some laughs.

MARTIN: Have you been putting any thoughts, anything you've put on your on notice?

STEWART: On notice, for…

MARTIN: I have one.

STEWART: Okay, what's yours?

MARTIN: People who use impact improperly.

STEWART: Oh, wait…

MARTIN: That might actually be dead to me.

STEWART: I have one.

MARTIN: Okay.

STEWART: I have one. When people say I couldn't care less. It's not I couldn't care less, because if you could care less - no, It's one - I'm sorry, I totally got it wrong. I've missed the punch line. It's when they say I could care less. It's not you could care less. If you could care less, you would care less. So you would have to say I couldn't care less.

MARTIN: Dead to you.

STEWART: It's dead to me. Yeah

MARTIN: Impact. Dead to me. It's called Snubster.

STEWART: Check it out.

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