If you Google my name, you’ll find there’s an Eliza Kern listed on a bunch of social networks. There’s an Eliza Kern on Google+ (s goog), Facebook (s fb), LinkedIn (s lnkd), Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, along with a whole host of others I can’t even remember. For most of them, it’s pretty clear that those Eliza Kerns are actually me — they either have my photo attached, or somehow indicate the person who controls that account.

But what if I wanted to go online and post some thoughts or ideas that wouldn’t be associated with my identity? What if I was secretly a cat person (the horror) and wanted to talk about my love of cats, or had a really embarrassing disease I wanted to talk about with other people? These might not be things I’d tweet about. But maybe I’d head to the new anonymous social network called Social Number

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