DISCOVERED! THE ANONYMOUS SUB DELIVERY THAT WOULD BLOW YOUR MIND!


While many other students are whiling away time, some other students are busy innovating, inventing and working hard to make the future is bright for everyone.


On today's interview, we get to meet some group of students who rallied together to form an innovative social buzz called The Hidden Network which shook the University of Ibadan about 4 months ago. Now, it is a convenient medium through which students send SUBs to one another either by expressing their feelings or the other way round. This interview is a must read. Enjoy!
  1. CAN WE MEET YOU PLEASE?
The hidden network is a social media platform. It is not your conventional blog where you get the regular entertainment news, gossips, music update and all that. It's more like a social hub connectng youths, mostly youths, mostly students of various institution into one social community with crazy buzz. We're leaving the norm and creating a platform where we share experiences you can relate to and also give you the opportunity to share yours. We have features like sub delivery, student diary series, crazy mischief stories, interesting featured articles and we run a whatsapp group page.  
  
     2. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE HIDDEN NETWORK

The hidden network is 4 months old. We started in september this year (2016). Within this short time, we've had to evolve a lot. We started as any usual blog with entertainment news, sports update etc. The unique thing we were doing then was our daily feature and interesting featured articles bedded in the UI lifestyle. We had always wanted to be different. Before we started, we had this idea to create a medium through which we could share information about the actions of various students in schools but we had to learn from pages like UI critics and the likes. Their actions and subsequent shutdown taught us that we needed to respect people's rights and privacy. But instead of carryng this information of students actions by ourselves we came up with a better idea to give that power to the students while we act as middle men and regulator thus we created the Sub Delivery feature. The sub delivery is a medium provided by the hidden network for all students of various higher institution to air their grievances towards other students in their department or other departments and other faculties without revealing who they are. So far, we've realized peole like the idea. Still pursuing uniqueness, we abandoned the usual entertainment news and sports feature but we maintained our diary and articles features and we've been adding newer features.

          3. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE HIDDEN NETWORK?

We just wanted to do something different. We were tired of the whole regular routine of going to school, going for classes, writing exams and then waiting for results at the end of a semester or session then repeat the sequence all over again. We needed somethng extra to take the boredom away. And again, we were not the kind that was satisfied with playing video games, watching movies and going for parties to while away time. We needed something doing to give us that assurance that we were not wasting our lives and time away. We like to think that we are a smart bunch, we have our strengths in different areas so we saw an opportunity in our environment and decided to make the best of it and so far, it's been good. Then again, we had role models or let's call them mates that are doing something. We compared ourselves to them and we knew we could be better. So, we challenged ourselves and here we are.

            4. NOW, PEOPLE WHO SEND THEIR SUBS ARE USUALLY ANONYMOUS. WHY DO YOU GUYS ALSO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY?

We work with the idea that people are more comfortable telling a stranger their secret. The basic human instinct expresses itself better when talking to a complete stranger. A person who is normally introverted becomes outspoken especially if it's not face to face interaction i.e usually through chatting on social media. People bare their minds easily, show you their crazy side so to speak. So as a medium, that asks people to reveal their dirty secrets we prefer to be faceless in order to make people comfortable enough to tell us something they would usually not say out loud with a promise to hide their identity which we have tried to keep so far.

             5. DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW YOU RUN THE HIDDEN NETWORK?

Well, not totally, We live in an african society where our parents expect us to go to school and face our studies so anything apart from 'facing our studies' shows complete unseriousness at least to them. Our parents don't appreciate us until they see results in form of money i.e when you can afford to pay school fees yourself, feed yourself, etc. Most of them won't even understand the technicality of what you do i.e for us whom our work is more online based. So, how do you hope for them to understand? Worst case, they say you're into internet fraud popularly known as yahoo yahoo because of their ignorance of the internet or social media. So, some of us that we feel our parents would understand know about what we do while for most of us, our parents don't, likewise our friends. A very few of them know about what we do.    

               6. YOU RUN AN INSTAGRAM AND WHATSAPP ACCOUNT ALONGSIDE THE BLOG. DO EACH OF THESE HAVE INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONS OR ARE RUN IN CONNECTION WITH THE BLOG?

Yes, you're correct. We run an instagram and a whatsapp account alongside our blog but we don't run them individually. They don't have seperate functions. They complement each other. Whatever we post on our instagram or whatsapp page is what we have on our blog. These days, a lot of people are on social media so we use these 3 platforms in order to reach more people.

                 7. MOST OF THE SUBS ARE MOSTLY FROM UITES. IS THE HIDDEN NETWORK LIMITED TO JUST UITES ALONE?

Not at all! The hidden network is not limited to UITES alone. We've gotten subs from Bowen university, from unilag, from funaab and even from London. We've also gotten subs from secondary schools. Most of our subs are from UI because we started from UI and we're more familiar with the UI terrain, but gradually, we would expand and become familiar with other schools. We have plans for that.

                  8. DO YOU PLAN ON EXPANDING THE HIDDEN NETWORK?

Yes we do but as you know, expansion is not easy. There are a lot of factors to consider but we have plans already laid and still being laid down. We're planning our strategies. Bowen university is a major target, then funaab, then hopefully unilag. So, we're definitely expanding.

                   9. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR ANONYMOUS TEAM

Anonymous team, lol! Thinking about ourselves right now just makes me laugh. We have different charcaters on the team. From the craziest to the self righteous. They're just all savages, both the boys and girls. They're a smart bunch though and this is not me just trying to praise them. We pitch ideas, we've always believed in this saying that team work is the best kind of work. Every member of the team comes up with great ideas which we all mull over and refine to make The Hidden Network better and improve because satisfying our fan base is our number one priority; so we try our best to bring out great features which would make us unique in the services we provide bearing in mind that our fan base or users are mostly youths and students. We make use of division of labour a lot in the team. For example, someone handles the whatsapp as the admin, another handles the instagram, another handles posts on the websites, others write and somebody manages the overall affairs making sure everybody does their job when they're supposed to but we all pitch ideas to grow The Hidden Network. Like every crew/friends, we fight, have our misunderstandings but we settle them immediately they come up. We make jokes about it and laugh it off. I know poeple want to know how many we are; let me just put it like this; we are more than one but less than six.

                 10. WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES SO FAR?

The challenges!!! Where do I start from?! From the running costs to different threats from individuals who don't understand the concept of middle man(everybody wants to kill the messenger). Having to maintain our resolve not to reveal the identity of the people who send us subs even though we're pressureized to do so almost everyday. The cost of buying internet data to maintain and run the website using various gadgets. It hasn't been easy and we do everything from the allowance we receive. We haven't asked or received help from anyone. It's all been down to strong determination and having a goal and passion for what we do and yeah, lest I forget, God's Grace. We've been running The Hidden Network for 4 months now and you won't believe if I told you we just recently received our first salary/pay. To the issue of threats, due to the nature of what we do, we've offended and hurt a few people especially through ur sub delivery feature. We'd like to use this medium to say we're very sorry. That wasn't our intention. A lot of people still don't understand what we do therefore causing a lot of controversies. We've received different kinds of threats from getting sued to being arrested even to the point of threatening us with JAZZ just to show you how ridiculous people can be but we understand especially if you're at the other end of the sub. So, we try our best not to disclose so much about the identity of the recipient of a sub especially if it's that type that can tarnish the public image of such person or cause psychological pain but at the same time, passing across the intended message and maintaining people's interest in us i.e staying fun.

                     11. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE HIDDEN NETWORK YEARS FROM NOW?

We have plans. We have set goals towards expanding The Hidden Network. We are laying down strategies for this which should kick off from next year. We plan on bringing out more interesting features for our users and publicizing The Hidden Network a lot more through various platforms. And in other news, something big is dropping soon from The Hidden Network but we're keeping it secret for now. It is something every THNite  as we call ourselves should be excited about. So the future is bright. Where we see the hidden network years from now?! I can't say. The sky is the limit.

                    12. HOW DO PEOPLE SEND THEIR SUBS AND HOW ARE THEY ASSURED OF ANONYMITY?

We have various platforms through which people can send their subs, stories and articles. You can either hit our DM on IG or send us a message on our whatsapp. Our whatsapp number is on our instagram bio and on our website and we publish it on the various groups whenever we can. Whenever anyone sends a sub, they trust us to keep their anonymity which we always assure them we would do and we've tried our best to keep to that promise. We also try not to ask personal questions from people sending subs to give them a sense of being safe except instances we feel the need to know more about such individual. So generally, we try to promote anonymity from both ends.

                  13. CONCLUDING WORDS

We hope people understand what THN is all about especially our sub delivery feature. The subs people get are not from us. We're just messengers and we want to make it clear to everyone that as much as a sub is sent to you, you can always send one back as a reply to whom ever send you a sub; feel free to clear your name against any claims made against you through any sub. We have no say in any sub. Our job is to deliver. Our whatsapp group page is more for interaction since THN is a social medium for connecting different people into a single social community. Saying the group has been fun is an understatement. I think the better word is crazy! There's just a whole lot of crazy people on it. If you haven't got a strong personality or self esteem, you might not survive a day in it; but it's just all fun. People join the group to 'catch cruise'. Some people come to hone their diss skills. I just can't really say enough about it. It's better experienced.      

Dan Goat once said “When you’re anonymous, other opinions shrink next to the sounds in your own head.” 

 I hope you enjoyed the interview above. Are you in love with what they do? Thinking out ways to collaborate with them? Thinking out ways to sell to the world this DISCOVERED! talent? Want to meet with them? You can get in touch with them through any of their contacts below

 Phone/Whatsapp - 08176592857
Their personal Instagram page - @thehiddennetwork


If you would like to have a feature on this section of the blog or any section of the blog, make sure you contact me. My number and email are on the blog. If you don't have it by now, you should be spanked. Thanks for reading!😊😊

EMETE

 

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