Fame will get you past a lot of velvet ropes and into a lot of sold-out shows.
Infamy will keep you out of places that already bore your friends.
Everyone and their cousin has an invitation to Google+, the newest, wowest, gee-whizziest social network that's effectively the same as every other social network, but has a huge advantage in not being Facebook.
Everyone except one collective noun of hackers. A brief note on one AnonNews page groused that the Anonymi's collective Google+ account had been suspended and its Gmail account put out of service.
Google has faced down dictatorial regimes including the Chinese government (before giving in), the publishing industry and Microsoft turned its face from Anonymous because the group's profile and account violate "Community Standards."
None of them happened on Google+, though only coincidentally. Google jumped the guy to shut down the Anonymi's + accounts simply for their reputation (and long history of hackery elsewhere, though not, I repeat, in the demesnes of Google+.
It should at least have given them a chance to pre-emptively retaliate before Google took their access away.
The Anonymi are therefore shut out from the hottest new social networking platform, unless they choose to sign up individually or sign back up as a group but lie about their name.
Instead, Anonymous – which is more a social network than a rigidly organized group anyway– is forming its own social network called AnonPlus.
If there's a "Plus" in that equation it's more likely to be one increasing the high-strength of a DDOS a social-networking function that's new to the Anon.
Its home page is a lot more ominous than Facebook's (which becomes more ominous the more you learn about it, and the more it learns about your.
The biggest difference is that you can't do anything on it yet. The Anon have not yet finished building the site or socializing in it, though it has a dozen other sites, Wikis, IRC channels and other communications mechanisms.
"Welcome to AnonPlus," the intro copy reads. "This will be your future. This will be our future. Today, we welcome you to begin anew…to watch this glorious incipience happen – one upon which you will never turn your back on. Welcome to the Revolution – a new social network where there is no fear…of censorship…of blackout…nor of holding back. Life is what you make of it – and we are making it. As you step through into the coming weeks, months, and years with us…they will know that we've arrived. There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny. We are the people and we are Anonymous. We have arrived."
Fortunately, the Anonymi brought a little irony with them: "Expect us,"a key phrase in Anonymous messages and sign-offs, sits on an incomplete web site like a fancy window treatment on a pile of disassembled clapboards – a "Coming Soon" billboard picture of a giant, ultramodern mall in the middle of a field unafflicted with architecture..
It's a sign of organizational maturity, I suppose, to run the web page first and build it second. It wouldn't be the first in the computer business to have done that.
They may be the first to really get rejected from Google+, though, and normally the first to sneak back into the building.