Transfer head-to-head: Arsenal targets Morata and Higuain compared

first_img 6 6 6 Goals – click the arrow, right, to see how else Morata and Higuain compare… – Morata only managed seven Serie A goals in 34 games last season for Juventus but did score the winner in the Coppa Italia final to help the club complete the double. His goal scoring record has never been great for the Old Lady as he only managed eight goals the season before. Higuain on the other hand scored 36 goals to break a 66-year Serie A goal scoring record, while no one else managed more than 20 goals. Since moving to Napoli in 2013, Higuain has 71 goals in 104 league appearances. Style of play – Morata scored three goals in Euro 2016 while playing in Spain’s possession-focused formation, similar to the style employed by Arsenal. He would therefore likely take less time to adapt to Wenger’s tactics and settle into the Premier League. Higuain is more of a forward that plays on the last man and uses his strength well, which would be an asset given the physicality of the Premier League. So, which player should Arsenal sign? – Arsenal have been linked with Higuain for a number of transfer windows and there must be something preventing Wenger for formally bidding for him. However, he is in his prime and would offer instant success rather than be another signing for the future, which Wenger has a tendency to lean towards. The Gunners must weigh up whether they are prioritising short-term success or building a team. If it is the former then Higuain is your man, if not, it’s Morata. Price – Both players will cost Arsenal a large chunk of their transfer budget for the summer, with proven goal scorers coming at a very high premium. Morata re-joined Real Madrid after Euro 2016 for £25.6m as part of a buy-back deal set when the Spaniard first moved to Juventus. However, Madrid are looking to cash in immediately and have made him available for between £57m-£64m. Higuain is being priced at around £75m by Napoli after the club’s president said he hoped the player wouldn’t betray the team by leaving. However, it is reported that Napoli would accept a fee in the region of £47m if Olivier Giroud moved in the opposite direction. Age and experience – At only 23, Morata is at the start of his career, having only made his first-team debut in 2010 and made 100 league appearances since. He has played in two Champions League finals and scored in one but he is not yet the finished article and would likely improve over time. At 28, Higuain is older than his former Real Madrid team-mate and very much in his prime. He has played in World Cup and Copa America finals and has a great deal more experience. Furthermore, he is rumoured to be following Lionel Messi into international retirement, which would improve his club football hugely, considering the travel involved in playing in South America. 6 Likelihood of transfer – Napoli are adamant they do not want to sell Higuain and this stubbornness to do business will only drive the Argentine’s price up. Higuain has also just enjoyed the season of his life and there is no guarantee he would want to leave Italy and join Arsenal. However, Morata is up for sale and the Premier League looks set to be his destination. Madrid are keen to sell which works in Arsenal’s favour, as does the fact they will guarantee him first-team football, something Chelsea cannot as long as Diego Costa is there. 6 Arsenal have already made one big name signing this summer by bringing in Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34m, but they are keen to make more.Arsenal have missed a 20-goal-a-season man since Robin van Persie left the Emirates in 2013 and that is an area they are looking to strengthen this transfer window.The two main candidates to fill that void are Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.Morata has just rejoined Real Madrid after they activated their buy-back clause in his Juventus contract, but he is available for transfer, while Higuain is fresh from completing the best goalscoring season of his career with 36 goals in 35 league games.But who should Arsenal and Arsene Wenger sign? talkSPORT puts the two star strikers head-to-head.Click the arrow above, right, to see how the pair compare!  6last_img read more

The hugely popular Letterkenny Credit Union ‘seasonal loan’ is back

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union is urging local people to plan and avoid ‘financial indigestion’ during and after the Christmas spending season.With the build up to Christmas already well underway, Letterkenny Credit Union is inviting local people to consider their budgets now and plan ahead to avoid ‘financial indigestion’ this Christmas.Research carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) showed that in 2015, a consumer in the Republic of Ireland would take on average eight and a half weeks to financially recover after overspending at Christmas. The 2015 research showed that 9% of people approached or considered approaching a moneylender to borrow for Christmas expenses with nearly half of all consumers expecting to borrow money to get through the Christmas season, borrowing on average €388.In 2015, Irish consumers expected to spend on average €563 on Christmas with middle aged and mature adults likely to spend the most amount of money.Letterkenny Credit Union is urging the public to avoid borrowing beyond their means and to particularly avoid using moneylenders. Knowing your limits in terms of your finances and avoiding unnecessary debt this Christmas is hugely important.Gordon Randles, CEO of Letterkenny Credit Union said: “We are all familiar with that bloated feeling after overdoing it at the Christmas dinner table. We want to ensure our members do not experience ‘financial indigestion’ well into 2018 by helping them to carefully plan their spending this Christmas. Our advice is to begin making Christmas preparations a little bit earlier this year. Setting a Christmas spending budget is more important now than ever, as is writing a list. This will allow people to keep tight control on the Christmas shopping costs.” He added “Using high interest rate sources of credit, such as moneylenders or credit cards, can result in people repaying the costs of Christmas long after the Christmas spirit has worn off. Some carefully planning now, be it via a savings plan or a low cost credit union loan, can help people to cope with the significant costs associated with the festive period, and ensure that they can get quickly get back on track”.For further information please contact Letterkenny Credit Union on (074) 9124166 or email info@letterkennycu.ieThe hugely popular Letterkenny Credit Union ‘seasonal loan’ is back was last modified: September 25th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Credit UnionSeasonal Loanlast_img read more

1990 All-Star Team: Who were the players voted best in Italy?

first_imgMIDFIELD: Diego Maradona (Argentina)To some, the best player ever; Pele is the only rival Maradona has for that title. The Argentina legend was ‘El Pipe de Oro (the Golden Boy)’. He dragged Napoli to numerous honours during his time in Italy, and turned a good Argentina side into World Cup winners in 1986. He played at three other finals tournaments – helping his country to the final in 1990 – and was the first player to set the world transfer record twice. In total, Maradona played 91 times for Argentina and scored 34 goals. Two of those goals – perhaps the two most famous – came against England at Mexico ’86; he beat Peter Shilton with the ‘Hand of God’ to hand Argentina the lead, then scored the ‘Goal of the Century’ just four minutes later. 12 12 The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 1990 edition; won by West Germany in Italy. Italia ’90 is a tournament with a cult legacy, despite the largely dreadful football on display and the dirty approach to the game shown by a number of teams. In fact, the average goals per game of 2.21 is a record low that still stands, and the 16 red cards shown was the highest of any previous World Cup finals.Nonetheless, there were highlights: England had a team fans could be proud of; Toto Schillaci came from obscurity to finish the tournament as top scorer and best player; and Roger Milla showed off his fine goalscoring skills and his even better talent on the dancefloor.Schillaci was the star player in Italy, but who else performed to the best of their abilities during the finals? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below…1990 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: ItalyChampions: West GermanyRunners-up: ArgentinaThird place: ItalyFourth place: EnglandTop scorer: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy) – 6 goalsBest Player: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)Best Young Player: Roberto Prosinecki (Yugoslavia) 12 GOALKEEPER: Sergio Goycochea (Argentina)Goycochea’s story is a fascinating one – he started the tournament as the reserve goalkeeper to Nery Pumpido and barely started, even for his club. When Pumpido was injured in Argentina’s second group game against the Soviet Union, Goycochea got his big break. He was the hero in the quarter-final and semi-final penalty shootout victories against Yugoslavia and Italy, making a name for himself as a penalty-saving specialist. Ironically, it was a spot-kick that condemned Argentina to defeat in the final against Germany, and he so-nearly saved that one as well. 1990 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM 12 DEFENCE: Franco Baresi (Italy)One of the greatest defenders of all time, surely? He ranked 19th in World Soccer magazine’s 100 greatest players of the 20th century. With Milan, where he spent all 20 years of his glorious career, he won three Champions Leagues and six Serie A’s. He also has a World Cup winners medal – from 1982 (even though he didn’t play a single game). Italia ’90 was where he really made a name for himself. His performances, much like Maldini’s, have come to characterise an entire brand of defending. Baresi formed one of the most formidable defences of all time, both with the Azzurri and Milan. He had it all, despite only being 5ft 7in. MIDFIELD: Dragan Stojkovic (Yugoslavia)Widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. The highlight of a career blighted by chronic injuries was undoubtedly Italia ’90. He carried Yugoslavia to the quarter-finals after scoring both goals in their 2-1 victory over Spain in the last-16. But he was one of three Yugoslavs to miss in the penalty shootout defeat to World Champions Argentina in the quarter-final. Nonetheless, a worthy member of the World Cup All-Star Team. 12 12 12 MIDFIELD: Paul Gascoigne (England)Gazza’s tears – written in English folk law as one of the most iconic World Cup moments. The funny thing is, they ended up being for nothing. Having already recieved a booking in England’s 1-0 victory over Belgium in the second round, Gascoigne saw yellow in the infamous semi-final against West Germany, meaning he would miss the final if England got there. He instantly became a national treasure. But crying doesn’t get you in the World Cup All-Star Team, and it’s worth remembering that Gazza was exceptional in Italy. On his day, one of the best this country has ever produced. 12 DEFENCE: Paolo Maldini (Italy)The legendary Italian holds the record for most minutes played in World Cup matches with 2,216, and this is where it all began. Making his World Cup debut, then-21-year-old Maldini appeared in all seven Italy matches, starring in a defence that kept a World Cup-record five consecutive clean sheets. Argentina were the team to eventually bring 518 goalless minutes to an end by equalising in the semi-final. FORWARD: Jurgen Klinsmann (West Germany)Klinsmann scored in all six major tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988 to the 1998 World Cup, and 1990 saw one of the most complete performances from any striker at a World Cup. In the last-16, West Germany were staring elimination in the face after Rudi Voller was sent off in the 22nd minute against the Netherlands. Klinsmann was forced to play as a lone striker, but delivered an incredible performance in which he occupied the entire Dutch defence and scored the opening goal. But many remember him for what was percieved to be a dive in the final, which saw Argentina’s Pedro Monzon sent off. FORWARD: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)The surprise star of Italia ’90. He came on as a substitute in Italy’s first two games and went on to score six goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball as the best player ahead of Matthaus and Maradona. Schillaci put the hosts in front in their semi-final against Argentina, but when the game went to penalties, he controversially refused to take one as his team were eliminated. 12 12 DEFENCE: Andreas Brehme (West Germany)The only man ever to score penalties with both feet at a World Cup. And one of them was the decisive goal in the 1990 World Cup final – which he took with his right foot. Four years earlier, he scored in the victorious penalty shootout against Mexico in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final with his left foot. England fans will not have fond memories of Brehme, the man who scored that jammy deflected free-kick in the 1990 semi-final and (obviously) made no mistake in the ensuing shootout. 12 12 MIDFIELD: Lothar Matthaus (West Germany)Diego Maradona described him as his greatest ever rival, which makes Matthaus pretty special. He was at the peak of his powers in 1990, winning the Ballon D’Or. The box-to-box midfielder is the most capped German player of all time and also holds the record for the most World Cup matches played (25). He captained West Germany to victory against Maradona’s Argentina in the final, avenging the 1986 defeat, and immortalised himself by lifting the trophy shortly before German reunification months later. FORWARD: Roger Milla (Cameroon)Mila’s rise to stardom came late. At 38 years old, he became one of the first major African stars on the international stage by guiding Cameroon to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals. He scored four goals as his nation became the first African team to reach that stage of the competition. Most importantly, he popularised the celebration in which he danced around the corner flag, which has lived on ever since. Four years later, he would become the oldest ever goalscorer at the World Cup, by scoring against Russia as a 42-year-old.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal captain Michael Murphy says it is do or die now as they prepare to face Laois in the All-Ireland qualifiers this weekend.Watch this video interview with him by pressing Play > DDTV VIDEO: ‘WE’RE READY FOR LAOIS’ SAYS CAPTAIN MURPHY was last modified: July 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: ‘WE’RE READY FOR LAOIS’ SAYS CAPTAIN MURPHYlast_img read more


first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 12th 10.00am Cecelia Mc Allister – Months Mind6.00pm Peggy Hughes – AnniversarySunday 13th 9.00am11.30am Eamon O’ Donnell – AnniversaryMonday 14th 9.30amTuesday 15th 9.30am William Churchill – AnniversaryThursday 17th 9.30am Ita O’Connor – Recently DeceasedFriday 18th 9.30am Joe & Kitty Gildea – AnniversarySaturday 19th 10.00am Patrick Boyle – Anniversary6.00pm Jim Gorrell – AnniversarySunday 20th 9.00am11.30am Sheila Lawne – AnniversaryRecently Deceased – Pray for the Soul of Kathleen Kelly, Dublin (Sister of Agatha Stewart).Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction – this Sunday and next in St Patrick’s Church at 5.00pm.Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, on Thursdays, from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome! Thank YouOnce again, Thanks to all who prepared the Waterbus Trip last Saturday in aid of the Parish Centre Fund. To the Waterbus Committee for the proceeds and raffle prizes donated. To other donors of prizes and to those who provided food for the trip. A Special Thank you, again to Ticket sellers and Contributors.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 12th 6.30pm Mary and John Mc Bride – AnniversarySunday 13th 10.30am Mary Dunnion, Katie and Peter Campbell – AnniversaryMonday 14th 10.00am Winifred and Patrick Harvey – AnniversaryTuesday 15th 7.00pm Fr Hugh (Aodh) Curristan R.I.P. – Months MindWednesday 16th 7.00pm Joe and Barbara McGinty – AnniversaryFriday 18th 10.00am Special IntentionSaturday 19th 6.30pm Deceased members of the Hone Family – AnniversarySunday 20th 10.30am Eddie McGettigan – AnniversaryPrayers requested for – Doreen Mahon – AnniversaryMasses during the Week – Monday & Friday – 10.00am, Tuesday & Wednesday – 7.00pmExposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar. Cemetery Sunday – July 8th at 10.30am, in St Agatha’s, Church, Clar. Please tell your family and friendsFirst Holy Communion- St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 19th May 2012 at 11.00am Mass.THE BLUESTACK SPECIAL NEEDS FOUNDATIONWe invite Parents and Carers of children and teenagers with special needs to a coffee morning on Tuesday, 15th May at 11.00am in the Bluestack Foundation building, Donegal Town. The morning will be facilitated by PARENTSTOP which is a Free and confidential listening and Support Service available throughout South Donegal. For details contact 074 9740828.INFORMATION EVENING IN LEGHOWNEY HALLAnyone interested, including local landowners in developing a local walk/trail in the Leghowney area, please attend a meeting in the Community Centre on Monday, 14th May at 4.00pm.D.A.R.A.There will be a day of Celebration of Active Ageing in the Southern Hotel, Sligo on Wednesday, 23rd May. Please give names to Betty – 074 9721405. See Donegal Times for details. We will meet for a Cup of Tea on Wednesday, 16th May in the Central Hotel at 3.00pm.LOCAL NEWS: TAWNAWILLY PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: TAWNAWILLY PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more


first_imgAfter such a solid early season start, Finn Harps’ grip on the First Division appears to be slipping rapidly.Ollie Horgan’s side make the long trip home from Waterford after another missed opportunity to restart their season after a number of slip-ups in recent games.Two first half goals by the home side effectively left Harps facing a mountainous task in the second half. But despite a spirited comeback with at least three chances falling to Sean McCarron, Harps couldn’t get on the scoreboard.With the influence of the suspended Keith Cowan in the heart of their defence, Harps went behind in the 17th minute through Paddy Barrett.When Jack Doherty made it 2-0 just before the break in the 44th minute, Harps were already ruing the long journey home the length of the country.There’s no question Harps were missing the steadying feet and power of Cowan in defence and the skill and pace of Ruairi Keating up front. But Ollie Horgan knows he will have to get back to winning ways if the season is not to slip beyond the Ballybofey club’s reach in the coming games. HARPS LOSE FURTHER GROUND WITH DEFEAT TO WATERFORD was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsWaterford Utdlast_img read more

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins suffers sore right ankle vs. Oklahoma City

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warriors have always handled DeMarcus Cousins’ surgically repaired left Achilles tendon with care. Now, the Warriors have another Cousins’ injury to manage.Cousins sat out for the final 7:01 of the Warriors’ 110-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday because of a sore right ankle. Warriors coach Steve Kerr added Cousins “just …last_img read more

Farm Science Review to offer career fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Looking for a job in agriculture?Come to Farm Science Review and you just might find one.For the first time, the annual agricultural trade show, sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will offer the Career Exploration Fair for anyone interested in working in agriculture.On Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors to the career fair can discuss jobs and internships with representatives from a variety of companies, many of them exhibitors at FSR, which is held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.“With the hundreds of exhibiting companies, it’s a great place to look for another job or new career,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of FSR.At a financially challenging time for many farmers, the career fair could offer a boost for individuals seeking additional work opportunities in agriculture.“There are jobs available and people looking for jobs,” Zachrich said. “We’re doing our best to connect the two. And there are many people who come to Farm Science Review looking for a job or career.”Currently, there’s a shortage of workers, including service technicians, welders, turfgrass managers, horticulture growers, licensed veterinary technicians, greenhouse managers, and sales and marketing specialists, he said.Adults seeking a career change or high school students looking to get into an agriculture-related job can benefit from attending the fair, Zachrich said. In addition to recruiting new employees, company representatives can discuss the qualifications and training required for positions likely to open up in the future.“There are companies that want to hire today and will train and even pay for education for the right people to work for them,” Zachrich said.Any company that’s not exhibiting at FSR but would like to participate in the job fair can contact the FSR office for details. The Career Exploration Fair will be held in the Celebration Tent near Gate I on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.The career fair is just one of the many offerings for visitors at FSR. The show offers talks from a variety of experts in the agriculture fields from water quality to estate planning. Along with attending talks, visitors can peruse the latest in farm machinery and technology. FSR features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts.last_img read more

And Now… A Geocaching Limerick Contest

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeoKu – Geocaching Haiku ContestApril 6, 2012In “Community”Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!August 28, 2017In “Community”Behind the Scenes of the PodCacher PodcastApril 3, 2013In “ Videos” It’s not often you’re able to combine your love of prose and geocaching… until now. And really how do you express your love for geocaching? Do you pour your creativity into an awesomely crafted hide? Are you the first one out the door in the race to be first to find? Do you spend hours crafting a blog post about your latest geocaching adventures? How about poetry? That’s right – geocaching poetry!Geocaching HQ staff will be judging the lyrical stylings of the PodCacher Podcast Limerick Contest. You have until April 11 to enter for a chance to win geocaching gear provided by Shop Geocaching. There’s a few things you need to know. Ready for a limerick that explains it all (almost)?To win a cool coin that is slickyou’ll need to know this little trickAll you need to beginwith a good chance to winis write up the best limerickThe Geocaching Limerick Contest is sponsored by the PodCacher podcast. Here are some important guidelines. Your limerick must have a geocaching-related theme and it must be family friendly! It must follow the standard Limerick format (3 long and 2 short lines rhyming aabba)A geocaching Limerick might look something like this:An urban family went cachingTo locate what ranchers were stashing;They disturbed many cricketsAnd found a few trinketsThough the steers kept them constantly dashing.And here’s a non-geocaching example:Writing a Limerick’s absurd,Line one and line five rhyme in word,And just as you’ve reckonedThey rhyme with the second;The fourth line must rhyme with the third.Interested in competing? Check out the contest and details. The winner will be selected by a panel from Geocaching HQ. You have until Friday, April 11 to enter. Good luck! Listen to the PodCacher Podcast for the winner announcement!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Open Thread: On Trolls, Anonymity & Making the Internet a Better Place

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Trolls: Those creepy, hyperaggresive, hateful, mouth-breathing basement-dwellers. They were a feature of the Internet long before the social web, and most of us feel they’re probably here to stay.But one of the things most trolls rely on is anonymity, a wall behind which they hide any information that could be used against them, including their jobs, locations, appearances and real names. And anonymity is a not-so-slowly disappearing feature of the social web. What do you think: Will the rise of transparency and the fall of anonymity put trolls in the deadpool any time soon?Two things have brought this to mind. First, there’s this interesting post from The Next Web. Last week, Zee Kane wrote this piece about a typical flame thread that became a bit too personal.Kane observes, absolutely correctly, “If you’ve spent more than ten minutes on any blog, YouTube video or any site that permits anonymous commenting, you will have noticed some of the filth that many commenters come out with. Often it’s completely incomprehensible; other times it’s pure bile and frankly a test of what a human will not reply to.”When an anonymous commenter attacked the subject of the original post in the comments thread, the subject, one Hermione Way, decided to find out who the troll really was. Email addresses, IP addresses and the social web being what they are, Way soon had her attacker pegged and found out that his “anonymous” persona had been trolling and attacking some of the people he’d called his friends in real life.This chain of events left Kane editorializing, “Privacy truly is dead.” This is a theme some think we’ve been beating over the head lately at ReadWriteWeb, but it’s as timely as it is true.Facebook’s game of footsie with privacy and user data has led to a string of well-researched, thoughtful posts by our own Marshall Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick has very well justified his position that Facebook’s original brand promise to conceal and protect user data has definitely changed to a promise to make the site – and user data – more “open” and accessible to other users and search engines.Kirkpatrick sees this as a broken promise, which it is, to a point. I also see it as an overarching trend of sociological behavior online.Think about the days of You’ve Got Mail, that god-awful, AOL-based Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks flick where two real-world rivals end up being anonymous penpals via email with no idea who the other person is or what he or she looks like. That could never happen today. Username conventions have drastically changed over the past 10 years; more and more online identities are tied to part or all of a user’s real name rather than a “handle” for anonymous chatting and posting.The same is true of avatars. However posed or candid, more of us are using real photographs of our own faces on the web rather than cultural icons, cartoons or some graphical represenation of our personality.Today, anonymity represents the far, sketchy outposts of the web, much like the Reaver-filled edges of space in Firefly. Those who inhabit that space might be more likely to engage in account-cracking, cyberbullying, mob behavior and other activities that run the gamut from unkind to actually illegal. The illusion that their anonymity protects them from discovery and possible prosecution is often just that – an illusion.Of course, anonymity can be great for freedom of speech purposes. Several of our favorite sites lately, such as and Quora, provide opportunities for the anonymous asking of questions in a safe environment. But I’ve already experienced a bit of trolling on those sites, as well.What do you think: Is anonymity linked directly to trolling behaviors? Is the social web trending away from anonymous profiles and posts? Will less anonymity lead to fewer incidents of trollism? Let us know your opinion in the comments.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Open Thread#web last_img read more