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Mon 03 Jan 2005

Privacy for bloggers?

Category : mac and the internet

When high traffic site Mr Brown pointed to Janice's site, she freaked out. However he did dutifully remove the link, although the text is still there and her name corrected. We agreed that its okay when someone stumbles onto your site, but directed traffic in hordes is another kettle of fish.

An earlier post by Mr Brown had an SIA stewardess lock up her site in rage (don't think she asked for delinking). LTS, a frequent imaginative poster, once freaked after a spike in traffic to her webpage. She asked "Who are you?" and nearly disappeared off the net. These days, she take pains to prevent search engines from picking up her posts by breaking up words that are google-bait.

So not everyone welcomes attention. So do we need to ask for permission before linking to another site?

Oddly enough, institutions usually ask for permission when linking to Habitatnews, despite the creative commons logo indicating they can even help themselves to the content. Perhaps its because corporations like HSBC serve up a cease and desist letter to blogs helpfully providing information that would benefit their customers.

Some bloggers write for a general audience and welcome additional traffic. Others mean to communicate to friends and family only, and do not appreciate being linked. You can actually decide by blog content, after perusing several posts to figure out how private the blogger is.

So it is still possible to remain well hidden in the internet, despite Google. The Perseus survey calls these lesser known sites blogs for nanoaudiences.

"Literally millions of blogs are rarely pointed to by others, since they are only of interest to the family, friends, fellow students and co-workers of their teenage and 20-something bloggers. Think of them as blogs for nanoaudiences."

Some of them appreciate the relative obscurity. So sites with thousands of visitors should consider the effects of bringing their 'urban traffic' into a 'sleepy kampung' of a blog. Not everyone will welcome it.

The kampung blogger, meanwhile, has to realise the occasional spike is simply part of the experience. Eskie says my blog cannot really be considered personal, because of the way I write. She's right. For really personal communications, I use yahoogroups mailing lists.

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