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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

BugMeNot.com

Something I just found at Lifehacker, (whilst learning what the site is really about): BugMeNot.com. Good for bypassing compulsory web registration. Why do that? Here is an explanation by the folks themselves:

"It's a breach of privacy.
Sites don't have a great track record with the whole spam thing.
It's contrary to the fundamental spirit of the net. Just ask Google.
It's pointless due to the significant percentage of users who enter fake demographic details anyway.
It's a waste of time.
It's annoying as hell.
Imagine if every site required registration to access content."


About ethics - that is being discussed
here. Good news for the site owners: if they really wanted to, they can be put on a "blocked" list - which sounds as if bugmenot will not work on this site then. I couldn't try it, of course, but why would I want to?

As a marketer, I should be happy if my clients collect data about their users, as this enables me to target them better with my advertising. But as a user, I don't want that. It's a funny catch 22 I am in. Before 7pm, I want the data, after 7pm, I don't want to give it. And now I am trying this on a site, which didn't let me in sofar without registering...

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