February 7, 2007

Your online identity

Filed under: Technology — Allan @ 8:39 am

I never really understood the whole furore that erupted over on flickr when they announced that you had to sign in using a Y! id. Sure, it’s annoying having to get a new username and password for flickr when you have a perfectly good one already, but as far as I can tell, that’s the sum total of your inconvenience. And of course there’s the “Yahoo is Evil” crowd. But apart from them over in the corner frantically making tinfoil hats, the main complaint seems to be that they have lost their flickr login, the one thing that made them different from the unwashed masses that is flickr. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but flickr is a photo sharing service. Moving to a new login id won’t cause you to lose any photo’s. Your flickr screen name and URL will remain as they were. The only thing that will be different is that when you log in, you have to use a different name. And nobody else will know. So other than crowing to the world in the flickr forum’s that you log in “old-skool” style, the world is oblivious to your status as a flickr early-adopter.

There was a similar outcry when the number of contacts you could have was limited to 3000. Three-thousand contacts. What does have to say about that:

  1. the act or state of touching; a touching or meeting, as of two things or people.
  2. immediate proximity or association.
  3. an acquaintance, colleague, or relative through whom a person can gain access to information, favors, influential people, and the like.

Right. So 3000 ain’t enough. I have enough trouble keeping in touch with 10 people, what with life getting in the way and all.

So this got me thinking. Perhaps the next big thing is something really simple, but uses a currency that people really value and understand – their life online. Are we reaching the point where your online life history is that important to you that you are willing to put a high price on it? Shanda believe we have. In their online worlds, if you miss a monthly payment you lose your character and your characters history. You can either start paying again and get a new character, or fly to Shanghai to their offices and pay a whole lot more to reclaim your “life”. Apparently 600 people a day think this is worth doing.


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