Mike Bijon, Moogle1, has just discovered claimID. He thinks we’ve got potential but is concerned about our users’ ability to prove stuff they claim – or rather, readers being able to prove to themselves that our users are telling the truth with what they claim.
We’re dealing with that, by simply trusting that people will continue doing their research. ClaimID should be a stop along a searcher’s journey. We’re not doing authentication of any outside data or the claims that are made at claimID. A great many of the classifications that happen at claimID (by/about) are personal and not much more than opinions.
If you already have an account, look back over your own decisions of how you classified your links. I bet some of them will strike you as strange – “I said that was about me? Hmm.”
I think Mike is wise to question how all this will work, but honestly, it should work simply because the network is so complex. Trying to control something like that is bound to fail. We’re trying to play nice.
All that said, Mike’s idea for Trustbacks is solid. It plays well with the spirit of openness and implicit complexity in our networks today – our networks both social and technical.
Iâ€™m calling the extension of the trackback system a â€œTrustBackâ€ and think it can be used to show credibility on and off the web – basically a set of credentials thatâ€™s generated from all interactions with people and not just by authorship. Trustbacks should work the same way that trackbacks currently do, but they will require some additional storage, provider, or invitation system to bring non-bloggers into the mix. Also, I should be able to maintain a skill profile for my trustbacks to better show the credibility of my skills and to avoid the â€œlist of my friendsâ€ that seems to be the core of most current social networks (Myspace, LinkedIn, FaceBook, etc.).
Join Mike and claimID in this discussion. How will be be presenting ourselves online? Do we try to collect and collate and present? Or do we list skills and those who might vouch for us? All of the above?