zondag 19 maart 2006

Claim your identity

I like the idea behind claimID, but I feel the service will be to complex for most people. In the meantime the need for a solution is growing fast...

"Because anyone, anywhere, at any time can say anything about you on the Web, reputations are scarily open-source. And because entire companies dedicate themselves to recording every inch of information on the Web, it's becoming difficult to unplug from the Google matrix, let alone make anything on the Internet go away. "This takes people's own agency out of how they want to present themselves," says Alice Marwick, a technology consultant and PhD candidate in New York University's Culture & Communications Dept. The Internet started out with avatars and anonymity. Now online and offline are bleeding together. "It's consolidating personal information into the aggregate," says Marwick, even though "our social practices haven't figured out how to keep up with the technology."

5 opmerkingen:

  1. Hey Yme - Have you tried claimID? We've worked very hard to keep it extremely simple. claimID is built for the "rest of us" who need simple solutions to complex information problems. If you haven't got a chance to try claimID, drop me a line at fred at claimid dot com and I will send you an invite.

  2. Hi Fred, yes I did see it at work. For what it does it's indeed easy to use. But it all depends on who your are targeting with this service.

    I think it offers too much possibilities for the majority of people who just want to make sure their info pops up when someone enters their name in a search engine.

    This majority of people does not have a blog to put an hCard on, nor do they understand how search engines work.

    So I'm curious to know whether they will 'see' what ClaimID can do for them. And if they are then willing to find, list and annotate the information available about them.

    But I might be wrong of course..;-)

  3. Hey Yme,

    I agree with a lot of what you're saying. In a certain sense, we've built claimID for the future. How do I explain this? Well, for example, think about stuff that you posted on the net many years ago...my stuff goes back to about 1996, so about ten years. When you think of how many more orders of magnitudes of people are online, posting on the net today (as compared to 1996), it starts to make sense that these people will need to start managing their identity.

    Even thinking back a few years ago, before push-button blogging came about, there were tens of millions of people who wanted to contribute online, but weren't able to. And even though tens of millions have come online due to tools like blogger, there are hundreds of millions still waiting to come online. I do not have any doubt that within the next 10 years those people will come online; and to that extent, maybe there will be a place for microformats. I tend to believe that as more people come online, the tools will be more semantic-oriented.

    So in essence, you are right, but it is because we have built a tool that takes a long view into account- the options we give are those we felt necessary to contextualize the stuff about people online for that long future.

    I think there is a question of wether or not people will "get" this, but being on a college campus, I see so many people putting their identity online, I only see the need to manage these things down the road.

    I think you might also find this interesting: Solution Watch Updates on ClaimID - a little glimpse of what claimID may be able to do for everyone.

    Thanks for thinking about us..I appreciate your insight.

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