I’ve been plink’d.
Not really sure what to make of it. Being a thick designer, and despite numerous patient explanations by Foe; I’ve never really understood the “why” of FOAF. What it’s use or ornament actually is. What the point might be, beyond the usual quilt-making, that is.
I visit Plink after reading a couple of things about it this weekend, and by chance saw the name of someone I knew: Muttley, who also looked like he’d been dobbed-in* by others. In what sounds like a likely new-age tagline for the service – I found myself in a few clicks.
I felt unease, and a certain lack of control.
I was there not by my own choosing, but by dint of featuring in the FOAF of others. Good folk and good friends to be sure (Betteridj, Hammo, Phil… thanks I think!), but I still felt a bit funny about it. There didn’t seem on a quick inspection to be any information which would lead to immediate trouble, like email, but there was a picture of me (looking younger and skinnier, so that’s okay) so I guess it’s mostly harmless.
I still feel uneasy about it though – aside from getting onboard and embellishing my page or ignoring the thing, it seemed like I had few options. I know that some other social-quiltmakers offer little control ultimately; but I was invited to join them by my friends.
Which is the root of my unease I think. It felt like my friends 0wn3d my name.
Which I guess might be the point.
* ‘dobbed-in’ erm… I dunno: squealed on I guess. Ask a brit.