2. (n) the collective name for anonymous people on the internet, generally in regards to 4chan. Most anons are stupid /b/tards that couldn't print their own name in lua or python, but are looked upon by many as hackers on steroids. Although they are the amalgamation of every anonymous (non-tripfag) 4chan poster, they are still looked at as a homogeneous group by the less perceptive; who clearly either think anonymous means "that guy who wrote a lot of quotations" or haven't seen anons insult and flame each other over the slightest disagreement, which they do all the time (using language like ur a fucking retart). The stereotype of anonymous being some "elite hacker group" was further perpetuated when the script kiddie "h4x0rs", lulzsec, portrayed anonymous as a proper hacking army. The old media had a humongous erection, and even further cemented in people's minds that "anonymous" was an organized and clever hacktivism group. Of course, some anons, especially the 13-year old "hey /g/ DDOS this kid's blog cuz he wuz mean 2 me at school" type, are fond of embracing this depiction. And, as we all know, anyone who takes the internet, and especially 4chan srsly clearly lacks purpose and should an hero.
"WE R ANONYMOUS! WE DU NOT FORGIV, WE DU NOT FORGET. WE ARE LEGION. ALL U POLITICIANS BETTER CHANGE NAO OR WE WILL HAK U!!!1!!"
meanwhile on /b/-
"mods are asleep, post ponies"
"OP iS a fAGGOT!!"
Anonymous has two purposes, to create trouble (trolling), and to masturbate furiously (fapping) emptying out their children as a part of their daily routine.
They create trouble so that they may laugh at it (calling it lulz). Anonymous will laugh at anything and anyone that man has ever thought of or seen. At the end of the day, they will laugh, masturbate, and sleep.
If one is targeted by anonymous they must treat them the same as trolls are treated. Don't react, don't respond, they'll lose interest and they'll eventually move on.
As a more broad term:
Anonymous is people without a face or identity. Anyone can be anonymous, as long as they choose not to show their face and keep their identity private.
In a way Anonymous could be said to represent the general masses of today's society that is unbound to the burden of one's own identity.
Despite all this, one can never be completely Anonymous on the internet even with proxies.
"There is no way to hide on the internet, no matter how hard you cover your tracks you can get caught. You're not invincible." -Matthew George (Anonymous)
Anonymous could be considered geniuses.
Anonymous could be considered retards.
Anonymous is sometimes even brilliant.
To learn more about Anonymous please visit /b/ (google b) to create your own opinion on the matter. It's not that bad of a place. Go browse with an open mind. Don't mind the gay porn, gay furries, cartoon ponies, dicks, gore, white supremacy, misogynist beliefs, men wearing woman's clothing and exposing their penises (called traps), pictures and moving pictures (.gif) of dead people, moving pictures of people dying, FBI luring with child pornography, young boy pornography, infinitely re-posted content etc etc and just see what anonymous is with your own eyes.
Sam: You mean that group of faggots protesting outside of the Scientology thing?
John: Yea! Theyre gonna rule the world one day!
Sam: Oh please , not even Apple is scared of them.