Taking the First Steps Towards Internet Anonymity with Facebook Rooms
There might be times when you would like to keep your identity anonymous. You want to be someone who you are actually not in real life. It's almost next to impossible to do that in the real world. And it was difficult in the virtual world too. At least even a few days back. But not anymore.
Facebook has unveiled its new chat app, 'Rooms'. It has been introduced as a new app in the US and the UK for iPhones. It is Facebook's endeavor to satisfy people who are unhappy about one of the rules that Facebook had - a person can use only her real identity in this social media platform. This meant that Facebook had no provision for someone who did not want to divulge his own identity in the web world. This, however, is set to change with the introduction of Facebook Rooms.
Bringing Back the Magic of IRCs
It's almost like you are moving back in time. To the 1990s. When there were chatrooms on the web. And there were internet relay chats (IRCs). Facebook Rooms is set to bring back almost the same experience for the users. However, there are a few terms and conditions applied that pertain to Facebook users as well. Moreover, this app is invitation based. So, you have every opportunity to chat only with those whom you like. So, you can spend time with them on the web world without being disturbed by others.
Away from the Popular Facebook Platform
You don't like to spend long hours on Facebook? You are not comfortable with the experience of the Facebook timeline, events, sharing, and others? Even then Facebook Rooms can be the right place for you to be at. It offers an experience away from the Facebook platform. In fact, you do not even need a Facebook account for it. All you need to do is register with your email ID. And once you do that, you can chat away with your friends as much as possible without being intruded by others. It's only for the like-minded people. And you can still remain anonymous on the web. In fact, Facebook Rooms is often being quoted as the future of anonymity on the internet.
Easy to Make the Chatroom Private or Public
Joining a chatroom on Facebook Rooms is possible only when the interested user has an invitation from a friend who's there in the chatroom. For this, the person already present there provides a 2D barcode. If you want to join the room, you need to scan the barcode. This barcode can be shared publicly as well as privately, depending on what the moderator wants. So, if you are the moderator, you will have enough opportunity to have secret chats on Facebook. Moreover, the moderator can also modify and approve a joining request to the group as well as all the content added there.
Lets You be You or Someone Else
"One of the things our team loves most about the Internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," read a blog post from Facebook's Creative Labs. This is exactly what Facebook Rooms does. It lets you be you. Or maybe someone else. You can log in there with your own identity or a virtual one. And this is the only place on Facebook where you can do that.
Easy to Maintain for the Moderators
Everybody is using fake identities. Well, that can be a reason to worry a bit too. You just can't stop people from using abusive languages or fight over something on the platform if they want to. However, Facebook has provisions to solve that too. The moderator of a Facebook Rooms group will have the authority to allow or disallow posts. Besides, she can also bring down a group when she wants. So, it is likely to remain a well maintained forum. And likeminded people can join groups and engage in chats on topics of their choice.
A Perfect Platform to Share Everything
Facebook Rooms comes as an app for the iPhones. So, merges the simplicity of the chatrooms of the 1990s that used IRCs with the advanced technology of the iPhones. According to Facebook, the application was "inspired by both the ethos of these early Web communities and the capabilities of modern smartphones". It can be the right virtual platform for sharing everything - photos, videos, and text. It acts as a perfect meeting place for people who do not stay at the same geographical location, but share similar kind of mentality. So, it can be a perfect place for the like-minded people to chat and discuss about their favorite topics.
So, Facebook now allows you to keep profiles with whatever name you wish. This can be both public and private. And with it, you can enjoy the magic of simple chatrooms on advanced devices, like the iPhones. And Facebook Rooms is all set to take the concept of anonymity on the web to the next level.
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