I know a lot about most of you that visit this blog. More than you probably want me to anyway.
For instance, I know which of you use RSS Feed Readers, and which of you just browse to my site. I know who your Internet provider is. I know the general area you live in. I know FEW of you use feedreaders, but that those of you that do check for something new about every two hours.
I read 2280 feeds, and I check every 15 minutes – imagine what “they” know about me!
I know what time of day some of you always check my blog – and I can tell those of you that just check when they get a chance.
I can tell too much about you maybe. But I’m trading my thoughts and feelings with you for free in exchange – so no harm, no foul, right?
There is a foul – the foul is a simple one. You probably didn’t know when you got here what I would know about you – and that’s not fair. I can easily argue that you should know what you are getting into, and it’s not my fault your don’t understand “The Internet”. Who does? So the fact I know where you are from, when you log in here, what ports are exposed on your PC, whether you run BitTorrent or not… none of this is your concern? I have no obligation to tell you? Bullshit.
My point is simple – you are sharing a lot of data over the Internet. So am I. But we should own some level of control over that data. We should at least be able to question it – to review it.
Two years ago or so I wrote about my views on data – and they haven’t changed. Your data is yours.
So now I am going to try and do something to back up my words – I am looking for someone to help me write a WordPress plug-in that will allow any user, subscriber or poster to delete everything “I know about them”. Every comment, every visit. Can you imagine going to Amazon.com and entering your email address and clicking a button that says “forget me” – and that Amazon actually does that?
Won’t happen. Unless we force it to happen.
Let’s write this simple plug-in first, and then let’s try to get others to adopt it – starting with MySpace. A one-click delete on MySpace would be a small victory worth fighting for.
And remember – this isn’t a “delete my account” button – this is a “forget you ever met me” button.