I wonder what claimID is all about. It seems to me that you can create an id on their site, and link to other resources of yours. What’s the point?
- You help other people find stuff by you, in a portfolio kind of way.
- If you use it as intended with a single identity however then basically you’re helping everybody else to track you.
- You’re making yourself more transparent. Unfortunately, the operation is not symmetric à la TransparentSociety: You’re not making anybody else transparent. Nobody watches the watchers.
- There’s no inverse operation: You cannot disclaim anything. (“No, this IRC log is not about me!”) It’s a one-way street. You can’t use it to hide parts of yourself. No cloaking.
- So when they say you should “reclaim some power back from the search engines”  what they are actually saying is “selectively helping them”.
I don’t like it.
The problem they are solving is not something that bothers me (link all my stuff to my name). They don’t solve the problem that does bother me (asymmetric & unvoluntary transparency).
I’ve installed the Tor client on my laptop (it came bundled with Privoxy and a GUI), and a Firefox plugin to switch it on or off. Surfing with Tor is incredibly sluggish. I don’t think I can do this.
Am I a sell-out?