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03/10/2008

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Cole Camplese

Stevie ... interesting. I have used Claim ID in the past to try and aggregate my online identities, but it doesn't give me what I am really after. There are lots of things going on at the moment in this space -- between OpenID, OAuth, and several of the other services that are hitting this space, there appears to be some movement. I have thought about doing a "30 Day Trial" of posting only to my blog (pictures, tweets, and the like) and seeing how it feels. Only time will tell how it all works out.

That whole spokeo thing is a little freaky ... I'm not down with someone else working to aggregate my identity for me -- although that's actually what happens in the model we are in. Thanks for the comment.

Bartman

I'm not as familiar with the web 2.0 apps and identity management, but i DO know that IBM and others are working on middleware that will allow virtual world users to carry identity between worlds (assuming the publishers of said worlds include the necessary plugins). Theoretically, I'd be able to move pieces of my identity from Second Life, to World of Warcraft, to There, to whatever other world I want to explore next.

It's all identity right? Whether it be my 3D avatar, or my preferred handle on the web. We're getting there...

Jason H

A few years ago I was coming back from Orlando in March. The flight into Dullus was fine, but the flight coming into State College was the bumpiest one I ever experienced. We were dropping six to ten feet at times in the air and I remember the stewardess still trying to serve drinks and peanuts on the flight until it got worse. Most of the peanuts ended up on the floor as my arms were just flailing every time we dropped. I was so glad when the plane landed safely and I remember it was calmly snowing when I left the plane.

Stevie Rocco

Interestingly (or perhaps synchronicitously), I got the following e-mail this am:

"As a courtesy, we are notifying you that Spokeo users have found the following accounts for you: Flickr stevier on Flickr Digg stevier on Digg Vox stevier on Vox If you would like to make these accounts private, please change the privacy settings on the original network and Spokeo will update its search results to reflect your changes. To find your friends on Spokeo, signup now. http://www.spokeo.com This is a one-time courtesy notification about your online privacy. If you wish to opt out of all future emails, click here. Spokeo respects the privacy policies of your social networks. Your content can only be read in Spokeo by the same people allowed to read it in your network. Want to know more? Read our privacy policy. Copyright © 2008 Spokeo, Inc. All rights reserved. 1685 Plymouth Street #200, Mountain View, CA 94043"

Spokeo is clearly one of the places that aggregates one's identity. However, since I didn't ask for the e-mail, and also didn't ask for them to aggregate all the "me's" out there, I find it kind of jarring that they are spamming me (soliciting me?) to indirectly become a member of their site.

Definitely a weird way to start the day. Besides, they missed a few of me along the way. :)

Shannon

I completely agree and have also been thinking about this lately. I even mentioned to my husband recently that I think when babies are born they should be assigned a social security number and webspace. Maybe we can just have one online repository for a person's profile and then we can just update in that ONE SPOT for the rest of our lives. Sure would make things easier.

Lis

I've been thinking about just this lately as well. As I expand further into the world of web 2.0 I find it harder and harder to explore new spaces because I have fewer and fewer contacts in each space. Recently joined twitter (I begged friends to join me) flickr and pownce and feel odd and alone in those two spaces, no sure what to do? How do you determine what is a useful app without your network? The voices are right, identity and connection should not have to be rebuild everywhere we travel online!

Allan Gyorke

I'm developing guilt for all of the fractured parts of me that I don't update. The electrons in my MySpace page will decay before I update it again. I hate where MySpace went. I only update Facebook when I need to contact someone else through Facebook. I still haven't figured out what the big deal is about LinkedIn -- none of my growing list of contacts does anything there, but I suppose it might help the next time I change towns. I just recently got back into Twitter and I've changed the focus of my personal blog. I keep meaning to upload pictures to Flickr, but I keep getting distracted.

Ultimately, I have to wonder what a new social tool will help me do before I add yet another application. The novelty has worn off. I feel stretched thin and my social network is saturated. So my questions are about utility now.

If I go to uber-aggregation route (which I plan to attempt in April), I'm doing it on my terms and in ways that don't store passwords to multiple accounts with an external company. That trend worries me.

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