Anonymous message board
Whisper, Hidden, and other anonymous social networks have recently gained a lot of coverage. Whisper has been around in different forms since March 2012, but it gained traction when it became free in February, Yik Yak launched late last year, and Secret launched at the end of January in the App Store. They’ve sparked soul-searching concerns about how much marijuana Rap Genius workers smoke and if Gwyneth Paltrow is having an affair. Their rise in popularity, however, raises concerns about security, cyberbullying, and harassment.
The real secret behind all of these apps is that they aren’t brand new. They’re a repackaged version of the previously existing anonymous social networks on the Internet. What’s more—and you probably guessed this—they’re not even labeled.
The services use your smartphone’s location or contacts list to locate users within a certain distance of you or to disclose secrets from your friends list (anonymously, of course). You can also see posts from a broader user pool that have been picked by algorithms. The “secrets” are rarely inspiring, but they also devolve into criticism and shaming. Even though users must be 17 or older, Yik Yak has grown from college campuses to high schools and middle schools in the months after its launch. Furthermore, the service has been the site of such severe bullying in schools that the founders have had to publicly address the problem.
I’ve been working on a little project for fun over the last few weeks, which I’m releasing today. It’s called Club P., and it’s a membership-based, anonymous and ephemeral message board similar to 4chan. So, why did I do it?
The cozyweb operates on the (human) protocol of everybody cutting-and-pasting bits of text, images, URLs, and screenshots through live streams, unlike the main public internet, which runs on the (human) protocol of “users” clicking on links on public pages/apps managed by “publishers.” Most of this material is inaccessible, unsearchable, and highly susceptible to bitrot. It exists in a slum-like environment that includes slacks, chat apps, private groups, cloud storage services like Dropbox, and, of course, email.
This piece is a prime example of this. This theory was first discussed on a private channel with 500 people I know or who specifically requested it. This is the only online environment where I feel healthy. Where I can be my most “authentic” self
App review faceoff: yik yak vs. secret – anonymous
I’ll present a 15-minute overview of anonymous message boards and how they influenced the internet’s growth. I’ll also speak about the drawbacks of anonymous message boards and why they can be frightening. Then I’ll talk about how we should think of privacy as a public good and use it as an advantage (not a liability) for strong, safe societies, using the Ostrom Principles as a guide. Finally, we will create our own fully anonymous, decentralized, and permanent message board as a collective to put our ideas into effect. Anyone who has ever surfed Reddit, PostSecret, or other group message boards would benefit from this session.
My dream is that people will have a permanent anonymous message board for a clear, common purpose after this session. They’ll also be able to “fork” the code and make an entirely new board if they want to. I also hope that people will feel more inspired to participate in digital environments and reclaim cultures from which they were previously excluded.
Discussions – create a forum – instructor
An anonymous post is a post made without a screen name or, more generally, a non-identifiable pseudonym on a textboard, anonymous bulletin board system, or other discussion sites such as the Internet forum.
Some online forums, such as Slashdot and Techdirt, do not allow such posts and instead require users to register under their real names or a pseudonym. Others thrive on anonymity, such as JuicyCampus, AutoAdmit, 2channel, and other Futaba-based imageboards (such as 4chan). 4chan users, in particular, interact in an anonymous and ephemeral atmosphere that allows for the rapid introduction of new trends.
Online anonymity can be traced back to Usenet newsgroups in the late 1990s, when the concept of posting to newsgroups with invalid emails was introduced. This was mainly used for discussions on newsgroups about sensitive subjects. Anonymous remailers were also introduced, which were capable of stripping the sender’s address from mail packets before delivering them to the recipient. The cypherpunk community was the first to create online services that enabled anonymous posting in the mid-1990s. 1st