By Brittney McKenna
"Gossip Girl" taught us a long time ago that secret social media accounts aren't the most uplifting places out in cyberspace. Occasionally, though, you hear about someone who has harnessed the power of social media anonymity for good.
That's the case with 18-year-old Konner Sauve, who unmasked himself last week during his graduation speech as the mystery Instagrammer behind @TheBenevolentOne3. Operating under the alias, Sauve used his Instagram account to speak positively about his classmates at Washington States's East Valley High School all year long, ABC News reports.
Not just limited to students in Sauve's grade, the account showcased East Valley High students from the class of 2014 to the class of 2017. Comments like "you work so hard in all you do" and "it livens up everyone seeing your beautiful smile" accompany yearbook photos and selfies of the unsuspecting students.
So what exactly inspired Sauve to spread a little digital goodwill? "Everyone makes mistakes and I wanted to focus on the better aspects of people," he told ABC. "To shed a positive light on each individual, make them feel appreciated, and to know that someone cares."
Stories like Sauve's are a rarity in today's social media landscape, but hopefully his story will inspire similar acts of clandestine kindness in Instagram users to come. No wonder he got a standing ovation when he revealed his identity during the speech!
"I made the decision to go in and try to make everyone here feel appreciated and recognized for simply being the amazing people they are," he wrote in the account's final post. "It is easy for people to be cruel over social media, so I decided to make an anonymous account on Instagram that would counteract the negativity seen today by posting a picture of each student and a paragraph of what makes them GREAT and how other people should see that too."
There are far too many pics to post here, but head over to @TheBenevolentOne3 for the rest.