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Identity Chameleon

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Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, December 29, 2005
8:22 am

Chameleon: “a person given to often expedient or facile change in ideas or character.” Sounds like an apt description of a sneaky thief to me.

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2 Responses to “Identity Chameleon”

    One should be able to act like a chameleon. Imagine an enterprise architect that works for a Fortune 100 enterprise who is curious about a particular technology domain. He goes to google and searches and finds a link to a whitepaper that catches his attention. Of course in clicking the link, he is now required to register. Thirty seconds after he downloads the paper his phone rings off the hook.
    Productivity is increased in hiding and many vendors are the cause…
    On another note, not a single Sun employees’ blog contains even a single link to an actual Sun customer that blogs! So what’s the stock price?

    Comment by James on December 30, 2005 at 4:12 am

    James:

    Not all chameleons are bad, just as not all internet anonymity is bad. It is the illegal or immoral exploitation of anonymity that bugs me. You may have a solid justification for presenting a pseudonym as you evaluate technology. But if you use anonymity or alternate identities to break the law or prey on people, you have crossed the line. Unfortunately, frequency of the latter case is rising rapidly.

    As for lack of links to Sun customers … you have a good point. I don’t know any customers who blog. Can you suggest a few?

    Thanks,

    Mark

    Comment by Mark Dixon on December 30, 2005 at 7:25 am

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