Feeds

Take a number, says new social network

Anonymous colonises 'Social Number', where you're a number not a name

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

If you're tired of old schoolmates looking you up on Facebook and then bombarding you with endless inspirational junk and/or heart-tugging slactivism but still crave online interaction, a new social network on which you are just a number might be for you.

“Revealed” this week, “Social Number” doesn't offer users instantly recognisable handles, with its signup process instead presenting a telephone keypad on which one can enter digits – and try to match them with letters if they wish – to concoct a user name of between six and ten digits. One can upload a photograph to attach to a profile, a feature that seems to defeat the purpose of a private social network. Images on the site observed by Vulture South have shied away from photos of members and instead chosen avatars.

Once signed up, there's a Twitter-style stream of consciousness feature, groups and the ability to find “pals”.

There's no advertising on the site, but the signup process does ask for details of your work history and offer to shop you around for jobs.

The point of the site, other than allowing you and your good buddy 598-317-25 to talk about just how hot 322-864-119 is, is anonymous social interaction.

“Today, there is very little privacy on any social network, resulting in employees being fired and government interrogations for free thinking,” CEO and co-founder “M.K” said in a press release. “On Social Number, your number is your only identity, showcasing the true value of anonymity."

Little else is known about Social Number, which describes itself “a Delaware corporation headquarted [sic] in Silicon Valley.” There is indeed a Delaware corporation registered with the name Social Number, but its agent is a company that seems to do little more than register Delaware corporations, leaving the trail to “M.K.” somewhat cold.

That's the way M.K. clearly wants it. Whether he also wants Anonymous to colonise his or her network is harder to say, but 83 folks willing to identify as Anons have joined since the network's December 19th launch. They're not saying anything interesting.

Lastly, Social Number 982-537-2374 remains unused at the time of writing. Perhaps the man himself will claim it? ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging
One of 6 backers for new 60 Tbps cable to hook US to Japan
Tech city types developing 'Google Glass for the blind' app
An app and service where other people 'see' for you
UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom
Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.