New site publishes 'anonymous comments about every Facebook user'

Anonymity on the Internet has been the topic of great debates since its inception, but more so in recent years. Just last week, Neowin reported that 4chan founder, Chris Poole, said that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg were "totally wrong" about anonymity. Zuckerberg has long been a supporter to putting name to content. And just over a year ago, Formspring, a website that allowed you to register and have people ask you questions anonymously, became infamous practically overnight.

But a new website is set on getting straight to content without any obstacles in its way — take registration for example. AboutEveryone.com, still in beta, allows anyone to put in any Facebook user's profile URL and comment about them anonymously. There are no extra steps.

Already, the site has spawned comments that range from insults like: "She's a total b----! She runs around saying she's your friend, but then talks all kinds of s--- behind your back!" Some comments question or plead, "Why don't you stop lying too much to people?! ... You need to grow up and live to up to your mistakes." Others are thankfully a little kinder. Some users post about love lost and the rest are just complimentary; one person writes that a certain Facebook user "is beautiful" and another claims someone is the "most amazing kisser" offering to have his children.

The information does not alert the receiver of what you have said about them, or so it seems, and as of yet there are no other options to manage your comments. Though it does appear that AboutEveryone might be keeping some sort of tab on you as it knows which profiles you've visited and the site says it plans to support the removal of content in the future.

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It doesn't work if you/they have custom/strict security... or it's already been blocked, or FB have already changed whatever it was that allowed the site to do this.

Matt Hardwick said,
It doesn't work if you/they have custom/strict security... or it's already been blocked, or FB have already changed whatever it was that allowed the site to do this.

What settings do you need exactly to block this then? I had custom security but it still worked?

Matt Hardwick said,
It doesn't work if you/they have custom/strict security... or it's already been blocked, or FB have already changed whatever it was that allowed the site to do this.

The site obtains your name and public profile picture, and creates a page using that where people can leave comments (this page is created on AboutEveryone, not Facebook) so the comments will only be shown there.
the problem is, google and others will index the comments and your name. So if someone searches your name, it'll show all those troll comments made about you.

This is a subject that depends on one's opinion, but I think anonymity can do more wrong than good in social networks. If given the opportunity (to be anonymous), people will start criticizing, insulting and highlight all the negative things about someone.

Even people that don't know the owner of a given person will start saying anything just because they can get away with it.

For social networks, it great to put names to everything you read, link and share. This makes it personal and I think its why Facebook and others got huge success.

ajua said,
This is a subject that depends on one's opinion, but I think anonymity can do more wrong than good in social networks. If given the opportunity (to be anonymous), people will start criticizing, insulting and highlight all the negative things about someone.

Even people that don't know the owner of a given person will start saying anything just because they can get away with it.

For social networks, it great to put names to everything you read, link and share. This makes it personal and I think its why Facebook and others got huge success.

Personally, I find the whole thing an exercise in stupidity, it merely exists so idiots can mouth people off anonymously. Well personally I don't particularly care about getting negative comments from faceless morons that are only using the service because they lack the backbone to come to me personally with their issues.

People that use services like this on the whole just tend to be spineless cowards, and their opinions as such are worthless IMO.

Subject Delta said,

Personally, I find the whole thing an exercise in stupidity, it merely exists so idiots can mouth people off anonymously. Well personally I don't particularly care about getting negative comments from faceless morons that are only using the service because they lack the backbone to come to me personally with their issues.

People that use services like this on the whole just tend to be spineless cowards, and their opinions as such are worthless IMO.


+1
-swearing

GS:win

And this is the end of the world as we know it.

Or end of the made-up and illusionary human relations in daily life.

Instead of unreal comments like "you're a great person", "no no everyone thinks you were right on that matter", "of course you are gorgeous, smart too", people will start reading real opinions of selfish people.

WE ALL ARE GONNA DIE!

ehm...

There's a statement about humanity in here. Our expectation about this site is that all of the comments will be negative - that's why this is news, and that's why people will read through it. And that's what people will use it for: abusing the right to anonymity on the Internet. If I'm not willing to put my name to something, my bet is that it shouldn't be done.

Simon said,
There's a statement about humanity in here. Our expectation about this site is that all of the comments will be negative - that's why this is news, and that's why people will read through it. And that's what people will use it for: abusing the right to anonymity on the Internet. If I'm not willing to put my name to something, my bet is that it shouldn't be done.

I agree with you Simon... I work in an electronics store, and everyday I have to boot out stupid-a__ kids that try hacking others' Facebook accounts and begin posting derogatory comments about people. This type of website should not be allowed to exist, because unfortunately there are more people who will be using this in a very negative way than good. As you pointed out, the only real reason to post anonymously is because it's negative and the commenter doesn't want to be identified, or suffer retribution. And because this site doesn't require registration, there is no accountability, and can even be used by employers to look at a potential employee's negative feedback, and use them during the interview process.

What REALLY got my blood boiling, is that Facebook is allowing this site to access ANY profile information at ALL! This site should be immediately blocked by Facebook. Mark, snap to it!

-=MagMan=- said,

This type of website should not be allowed to exist, because unfortunately there are more people who will be using this in a very negative way than good.

Yes, that's right, Free Speech should only be about items that everyone agrees are good. </s>

Not to troll, really, but: a) free speech means having to allow items that others disagree with. b) The only profile info is the user's picture and basics, which are open via the Facebook API. c) I agree that it probable that most of these comments will be negative, but there can always be good reasons why allowing negative information to flow freely is a positive situation. d) Since these comments are not posted to the user's wall the user doesn't have to deal with them and aren't they the same thing as bathroom wall scrawls?

I hope this is read in the manner in is intended. Have a great day.

Peace,
James

LOL - I figured that's what would happen. People just put the link there and then comment about themselves:

"Sexy, Big D&*k" says one commenter about user "William Mahoney "