inessential by Brent Simmons

Cops and Bloggers

Scott Johnson, Feedster guy, asks What If I Winer Watched You? In other words, Feedster could track edits for every weblog in a way similar to Mark Pilgrim’s Winer Watcher.

I wrote on the comments for his post: “Do we really need to turn the blogosphere into a police state?”

I want people to read my weblog, but I don’t want my weblog to be an object of surveillance. Yes, the technology makes it possible, and probably pretty easy, but that doesn’t mean we need to use it this way.

Beware of the impulse toward becoming an accountability cop.