Having previously highlighted its commitment to user anonymity and privacy, Ello is now promising users that it will always be an ad-free space – another move designed to strengthen its positioning as the “anti-Facebook”. Indeed, by registering as a Public Benefit Corporation, Ello will be unable to display ads or sell user data – a […]

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Last week, Facebook finally responded to the wave of anonymous social networks that have grabbed headlines in the last few months. But its new app – Facebook Rooms – is no Secret or Whisper. The mobile-only platform allows users to discuss topics in specialized, private forums (or ‘Rooms’) under pseudonyms. Facebook’s decision to provide a […]

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While Facebook and Twitter grab headlines, Reddit has been refining its platform and cultivating an active user base. But Reddit is now ready to take the spotlight: as well as adding a reported 60 million users in the last few months, Reddit recently completed a $50 million funding round. Part of this development has been […]

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A wave of nostalgia flowed over the internet last week as news emerged that Microsoft would be discontinuing the use of the brand name Nokia for smartphones. Although feature phones will continue to carry the once-iconic name, new Nokia smartphones will be known as Microsoft Lumia. But why is the name being withdrawn when – […]

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Whisper was positioned as a safe environment where users could anonymously share their innermost thoughts. But investigations by the Guardian US have now cast doubts on the credentials of an app that declares itself to be the ‘the safest place on the internet’. It is easy to see why Whisper and other anonymous social networks, […]

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