May 14th, 2006 by Alistair MacDonald Leave a reply »

After listening to an interview on the Inside the Net podcast (number 21) I had a look at and registered with .

This is the first time I have managed to resister the user ID of “alistair” that I always used in the early days on the Internet when it was available. Nowadays I tend to use “alistair_uk” but now and then someone else uses this ID as well. A prime example is alistair_uk on eBay is not me.

Strangely this is just the purpose of, to allow you to specify what is to do with you and what is not. Once registered you can add web links that are related to you and flag up those who are about you but written by someone else, about someone else, or about you but just wrong.

I get the impression that the creators hope search engines will use the information when building search results but currently you can link back from your own websites and profiles.

Features I would like to see added is the facility to validate various IDs (IM, Skype and that kind of thing) as well as email addresses in a way that will confirm as apposed to just list. A way of building up a “web of trust” to stop fake entries being built would also be a useful if not totally foolproof feature.

So check out my entries at and sign up yourself at, but remember my golden rule “It’s a small world” and the Internet is open to all.

i love Quidco GreenWhite

1 comment

  1. Alistair,

    We’re baking in some “outside authentication” right now. Hopefully you’ll be able to see it pretty soon.

    Thanks for the kind words.


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