Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
A fitting post as my first post on the new system (I know, it's at the bottom of the newsletter, that's how I arrange things), describing the angst of Flickr users as they face impending conversion to the Yahoo! ID system. I remember when Netscape was swept into the AOL fold, I lost my coveted UserID. I also wrote ages ago about the tribulations of WELL members felt when their site was sold to Salon. That's the danger of hosted services - but by bit, you're drawn into this great centralizing vacuum cleaner, losing your identity bit by bit. Why is this an appropriate link? Well, part of what I'm up to is to keep the web distributed and identities unique.

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2021 11:29 p.m.