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[liberationtech] Yet another social network launched for "anonymous" users - Network World

Yosem Companys companys at
Sun Jun 30 18:37:36 PDT 2013

Want to anonymously post your ideas and opinions on a social network?

You can. The Duvamis social network <> went
was launched late last month with a mission of keeping the identity of its
posters from other users -- and site operators.

The company says that anonymity allows its users to express themselves
freely, ignoring social or peer pressure.

The site offer users the option of making posts widely available or keeping
them private within a closed group.

A spokesman for the company said the site's founders also are remaining
anonymous, in keeping with the rules of the site.

"We are pleased to provide users with a truly anonymous forum for free
communication and self-expression," said Peter Gechy, a Duvamis vice
president. "We are confident users will find the Duvamis community as a
space free from outside influence where they can show their true identity
and a catalyst for self-discovery."

The site launched on May 31 and claimed 15,000 users in three weeks,
according to a spokesman.

To join, users only have to provide a working email address. They are not
required to give provide real names to the site's operators.

"The valid email all users have to provide during registration is only a
measure, making possible the retrieving of forgotten password for the
platform," said a spokesman. "It is never used for other purposes or made
available to third parties."

Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research, said the new social network
might get a lot of initial interest, but it's long-term outlook is doubtful.

"If people are going to make bold statements, they typically want their
name associated with it, unless it's something illegal. Then it shouldn't
go on a site anyway." said Kerravala. "With no repercussions, who would
take anything said there seriously?"

The site could also attract people with more nefarious purposes than one
would find on a social network whose users are identified, he said

"Who does this provide value to?" asked Kerravala. "Other than people
looking to buy drugs, cheat on a spouse or quit their job? And depending on
what the content is, what advertiser wants to be associated with it? Maybe
bail bondsman and lawyers."

In an email to Computerworld, the Duvamis spokesman responded, saying: "Our
goal is for users to share in-depth and insightful information. Especially
with the anonymity aspect, Duvamis is a critical tool for users wanting to
state their opinions without consequence."
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