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Barry Ritholtz

Social Networks That Breed Anonymous Stupidity

 Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is none too happy these days. The inventor of the Web browser and co-founder of Netscape is miffed at the latest Silicon Valley fad: Anonymous sniping from within the tech industry.
Web pioneer Marc Andreessen doesn't think there's anything funny about anonymous social networks. Photograoher: Scott Eells/Bloomberg.
Web pioneer Marc Andreessen doesn't think there's anything funny about anonymous social networks. Photograoher: Scott Eells/Bloomberg.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is none too happy these days. As the New York Times reported yesterday in a front-page article, the inventor of the Web browser and co-founder of Netscape is miffed at the latest Silicon Valley fad: Anonymous sniping from within the tech industry.

Several new anonymous social commenting apps and startups -- with names like Secret and Whisper -- are generating lots of buzz. As it turns out, these new social networks have provided "a rare, unvarnished look at the ambitions, disappointments, rivalries, jealousies and obsessions of the engineers and entrepreneurs" of Silicon Valley, the Times reported.