"People are Either too Fake or too Real": Opportunities and Challenges in Tie-based Anonymity

Xiao Ma, Nazanin Andalibi, Louise Barkhuus, Mor Naaman

May 7, 2017 -
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Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

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Secret App Anonymous social application Secret.

We interviewed users of two anonymous social applications, Secret and Mimi, both of which allowed people to share information anonymously with friends. Our findings show that although users feel more comfortable sharing information on these “tie-based” anonymous applications, they are still concerned about being identified, and at the same time, engage in sometimes elaborate attempts to uncover the identities of others.

BibTex

@inproceedings{Ma:2017:PET:3025453.3025956,
 author = {Ma, Xiao and Andalibi, Nazanin and Barkhuus, Louise and Naaman, Mor},
 title = {"People Are Either Too Fake or Too Real": Opportunities and Challenges in Tie-Based Anonymity},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
 series = {CHI '17},
 year = {2017},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-4655-9},
 location = {Denver, Colorado, USA},
 pages = {1781--1793},
 numpages = {13},
 url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3025453.3025956},
 doi = {10.1145/3025453.3025956},
 acmid = {3025956},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {anonymity, cmc, mimi, secret, self-disclosure, social media, wumii},
}