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Taccd confessions site soon to launch nationally

The successor of the student-made “NMU Confessions” page is slated to launch at the beginning of next month, expanding the former Facebook page idea to its own national website.

Tacc'dFollowing the end of “NMU Confessions” last year, an independently-operated Facebook page designed for NMU students to share Northern-related confessions anonymously, sophomore graphic design major John Tamburino and three other NMU students began working on taccd, a website designed to share anonymous confessions through other colleges, not only through Northern Michigan University.

According to Tamburino, the official launch date for the website is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2014 or “very early in the new year.”

Tamburino said his team has been consistently moving the project towards an online launch of taccd.

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“We have been working hard on the development side of the website,” Tamburino said. “This has taken longer than we originally planned, but it’s vital that we take our time to make sure that the site offers solid functionality.”

Tamburino also said the team has been focusing on fine details leading up to the launch of the program beta in the next few weeks.

“Development includes features such as user registration and editing profiles,” Tamburino said. “This allows users to find colleges they want to follow, college pages themselves, user dashboards, which are the main page that users will use to browse through confessions, website security and more.”

Last academic year, “NMU Confessions” began anonymously and, according to Tamburino, drew criticism from the university’s denizens following controversial posts coming from unknown sources on campus. At the end of the Winter 2013 semester, “NMU Confessions” closed to Facebook users while still remaining available for online access.

Sophomore mechanical engineering major Curtis Liedel,  one of the students working alongside Tamburino to create tacc’d, said he is looking forward to launching a more-organized website for students to use at multiple colleges outside of NMU.

“We feel really good about the site and expect that it should be a hit when it picks up,” Liedel said. “I think that the public would love it; it’s a great place to read what other people do at their schools and the experiences they have from all over the country.”

According to Tamburino, people still interested in signing up for notification upon tacc’d’s launch can visit the website’s splash page at Upon signing up on the site, users will receive an email upon the launch of the website.

Liedel said the work behind the program was carefully done for users to easily manage their own account and confessions, unlike the previous version. Liedel also said he is anxious for its release.

“I really hope the people enjoy using it as much as we did making it,” Liedel said. “I feel we have a solid website for people to use and help get the word out.”

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