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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Value of Anonymity and Unanonymity

My Reaction to Fred Wilson's Are Real Names Required for Real Socializing

My quick answer is "yes". But it really depends. For me, it's about the individual's objective for being on the web and joining a community in the first place. Both anonymity and "genuineness" have their own pros and cons depending on the type of community that one wishes to be in.

  • If it's a business community for instance and your name is tied to a real one, having a handle diminishes the power of that name. 

  • If you're just using social media to look for cute people and maybe date them, it helps to keep you anonymous.

I guess the strongest and most compelling argument for anonymity is in special circumstances like political activism or other security related situations when your identity needs to be protected.