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Gardens of Identity

Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
9:04 pm

In his insightful article today, Eric Norlin states, “the big conundrum facing the Internet’s largest players is how to deal with the silos of identity … All of Google’s efforts are aimed at aggregating more and more bits of people’s identity. Same goes for eBay, Yahoo, MySpace, etc — their value lies in the protected silo of personal identity.”

Each of the big dogs on the Internet are building “walled gardens,” where Identities are portable within each virtual garden, but incompatible with Identities in other gardens. Sounds more like a collection of prickly cactus gardens in Arizona than a friendly set of Gardens of Eden.

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