It was only a matter of time before a group of rebels started their own social network — and that time is now. Fed up with getting kicked off Google Plus, Your Anon News, along with the members of its parent hacktivist organization Anonymous, soon will launch the media platform AnonPlus. While we doubt a group of hackers can singlehandedly take down Google or Facebook, DIY social networks are all the rage and could push the masses into niche social media marketing.
Anonymous once had higher and mightier political aspirations: The organizers have set their hacking sites on big business and corrupt countries like Tunisia. But the goal with AnonPlus is simple — poke holes in and take the wind out of the sails of big-time social media conglomerates. By being anonymous, the group is encouraging users to hang onto their privacy and identity. A social network that doesn’t require all of your deepest secrets from your favorite color to your phone number is something revolutionary, indeed. AnonPlus certainly raises eyebrows with its promises and political manifesto, but the fact of the matter is that the homemade social network has been on the rise for a while. We’ve been tracking independent social media sites for months, most of which are bent to a specific audience. And whether it’s a network of farmers or people in recovery from addiction, these sites all look and act like the big boys but with a smaller, tailor-made audience.
As to what AnonPlus will look like or when it will come out, the details are being kept under wraps. What we do know is that the message is clear: If you’re tired of the big social networks, start your own.