Why does fastblogit allow anonymous groups?

One of the primary motivations for creating FastBlogIt.com was the desire to strip a person's overhead for posting an item on the web to the absolute minimum. When it occurs to someone to say something or show a picture, or project a podcast, and they do not already have an appropriate venue for it, they may not want to make up a new user name and password. Instead they are just interested in getting their item on the web with the minimum effort, and getting a URL to send to someone or forum. Hense we allow people to enter the minimum amount of information that they want to actually say on the add item screen and then click the submit button. Nothing else is necessary. Compare this to the interaction over at tinypic.com. Then compare it with the simple, yet much more involved process, one needs to go through at Googel's blogger.com

Since all items must be posted in some group, we assign an group name for them. However since there is no password provided by the author, they may not log back into this anonymous group if they loose their cookie.

Consequently we end up with the URIs for these anonymous blogs which look like http://fastblogit.com/aaaabo/ and titles for those blogs which look like "Anonymous (aaaabo) @ FastBlogIt"

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Comments


anonymous says
I like having both Anonymous and named Post!

customer support says
I like having both Anonymous and named Post!
That is your perrogative. However bear in mind that if you are logged into an anonymous group in which there are many postings, then people may be able to identify you by the things you have posted there. If you want to make an anonymous comment and have it not corrolate with any other of your epistitles, then you may want to click the logout button on this screen prior to spewing your comment into the stream.

anonymous says
sounds like a plan

anonymous says
I want to be Winnie not Elaine though and you have it backwards from the original

customer support says
No, i have just done it differently than you have expected. You have a group name and you have a author name. They are appropriatly called such on the screens. Put the right name in the right box.

customer support says
The thing, that is not obvious yet, is that the password is associated with the group and only the group. The name can always be anything you choose it to be. It is carried on the system as information only.

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