“Anonymous” Social Media

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We have become accustomed to the word social media and social media networking. Do we really know what it means? Other than know it as Facebook and Twitter, now Google+.

The term social media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue.

Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.”

Social media are media for social interaction, as a superset beyond social communication, but mainly still communicating just interactively using ubiquitously accessible and scalable communication techniques.

We have developed an addiction for social media that we are more comfortable in clicking away either on our smartphone or our laptop rather than meet and interact face to face. A decade ago virtual friends were just that, virtual! But now they are more real than being flesh and blood.

People want to be connected,they want to know whats happening with their friends. The easiest way to stay in touch is to log into the different networking sites James from Samuel Peters Research Co. told Arabian Gazette. We can see the profitability of social networking sites by just looking at the face valuation of Facebook, which is rumored to be valued at $100 billion. And it only keeps growing.

In a already heavily penetrated and overcrowded sector, a new seed is being sown. No, its not Tulalip Microsofts new social networking site. Its AnonPlus!

The new social networking site to be launched by the infamous hacker group, Anonymous.

Fight Fire with fire

There are only so many times one could be pushed around, when push comes to shove, ideas are born. Thats what happened with Anonymous.

Google+ banned the notorious hacker group for potentially violating contracts. Thus the group decided to fight fire with fire. The hacker group announced its plan after mere hours of being banned. All the users will be, you guessed it anonymous The website is still far from being done but it is supposed to give users freedom of speech that other social networks will not.

“As some of you know we got banned from Google+ due to some of our content. What we didn’t know at the time is that we were just one of a hand full of Anonymous accounts that was silenced. This is the sad fact of what happens across the internet when you walk to a different beat of the drum,” group wrote in a blog post.

“We’ve all heard the stories of activists being banned from FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and governments blocking their people from these sites as well through organized black outs. That day has came to an end. Not only did a few people organized an Operation ageist Google+, but we have started to build our own Social Network.”

The group said that the new site will be totally different from the current social sites. “This is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed – even in the face of blackout,”

“Welcome to AnonPlus. This will be your future. This will be our future. Today, we welcome you to begin a new… to watch this glorious incipience happen one upon which will you never your back on. Welcome to the Revolution, a new social network where there is no fear… of censorship… of blackout… nor of holding back, ” message on AnonPlus said.

Most recently, Anonymous claimed credit for an attack against military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton that resulted in the compromise of 90,000 email addresses and passwords belonging to military personnel.Early this month, members of Anonymous launched several online attacks against police union websites in Arizona to protest the states tough immigration laws.

Success

Money is definitely not the hacker groups motivator, but its freedom of speech! However as all the users would be anonymous, whats the fun? You ask.

On face book or Google+ the users are known and seen, so how do we communicate with anonymous users? Arabian Gazette posed this question for the people on the streets of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

It would be fun Jamal a HR consultant from Dubai told us. I would be able to express my views without being worried about how the other people would feel. Thats freedom.

Samia from Abu Dhabi, found this kind of social networks Gross. Whats the point in communicating with people if you have no idea who they are? Thats boring and gross!

The Arab Spring is dubbed the Facebook revolution, Hassan an officer from Dubai. If such an anonymous networking site is created whats the point? Would it be able to change the world like Facebook did or would it just be a toy for the rich, who have a lot of time on their hands and nothing to do.

Its actually a “virtual masquerade party”! That would be a revolution, indeed! All of you interested hold your breath, it wont be long to take your masks out!

Source: Oneindia, mytechpro, WSJ, Wikipedia, the informative report

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