Do the new anonymous social media apps encourage us to overshare?

Oliver Burkeman,, Jun 11, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I guess the answer to that question is, "who knows?" What we do know is that there has been a negative response to the Facebook dictum that " The days of you having a different image for your work friends [and] for the other people you know are probably coming to an end… " But there are certainly downsides to anonymity. YikYak, for example, uses geolocation to broadcast anonymous messages to the 500 closest users. "When our identities are concealed, do we automatically degenerate into amoral, foul-mouthed bullies?" Yes. But on the other hand, the messages at Whisper are riveting. But maybe the response is to create better people, rather than silencing them.

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