UK-based social networking experiment Spraffl launched for the iPhone on Wednesday. Unlike its predecessors, the iOS app focuses on the total anonymity of its users with a disregard for features like real name policy, friending, and check-ins.
Instead, experiment participants share “hyper-local” information in the form of status updates and comments. Posts (which can be shared simultaneously on other social networks) are automatically geotagged and pinned on a map based on the individual poster’s location. Unidentifiable “members” will typically post information like news, reviews, and photos using the location-based feed. Posts are also categorized using presets like questions, observations, news, flirt, etc. Furthermore, an anonymous public and private commenting system is included.
Spraffl has addressed potential anonymous cyber-bullying and false updates with a flagging policy. If content is flagged five times, it is removed. After the third offense, the user is banned indefinitely.
The app is currently available for iPhone. However, Spraffl’s website states it will soon be coming to Android.
Spraffl strays away from older, common elements of social networking. Users cannot add friends, follow brands, or check into locations.
What are your thoughts on anonymous social networking? Are you concerned about cyber-bullying or false updates?
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