1. Monday, August 22, 2011

    dear klout, (you can change anything) 

    i went to this park yesterday. relatively new park that promised one could walk in it barefoot because dogs there were illegal.

    thus so was the doggie poopie.

    but when i got there a water pipe had burst and seemed to have been flowing for at least a day.

    since it was Sunday, i guess no one was going to fix it.

    as they say, shit happens. which is fine when its water or, shit, but when its private stuff, just flowing out there, thats… a problem.

    it was nice of you to write me about my outrage that you’d want access to the photos and videos that i have marked private.

    sass in silver lake

    Hey Tony,

    I’m the Marketing Manager here at Klout and want to let you know that your private photos will definitely stay private. We are asking for the lowest level of permissions flickr allows which is read-only access and does include private photos (we can’t change that). However, we NEVER use your auth to display photos, or look at them or share them. Instead, our algorithm looks at the response your photos are getting — i.e. are people commenting, favoriting them etc. We will never access or use your private information. Hope that helps.

    but here’s the problem i have (you can change anything and if you cant yr a follower, not a leader, thus zero “klout”).

    i dont trust that a ginormous tech company like Yahoo and a start up tech company like Klout can’t figure out a technical way to capture those ancillary aspects of my public photos and videos without exposing anything about my private content.

    private means private. and if you don’t truly fathom that concept or value that goal, then you don’t deserve access to any thing i am giving you permission to have.

    secondly, the internet has not been around for very long and it appears that the main goal for most start ups is to sell itself to huge companies.

    like how Flickr sold itself to Yahoo.

    if even in idealistic startup mode you cannot work with Flickr and others in such a way that you receive zero information about my private materials then what’s going to happen a few years down the road when you sell out to AT&T or AOL or TMZ or Murdoch or whoever is suddenly interested in a company with millions of people’s truly private data

    who has just ranked, in order, who that corporation should feel giddy about gaining access to, literally, their back end.

    or how about the hacker group who would be crazy not to attempt to break into the puny start up instead of the megacorp? what a better way into my private data than going through you than thru facebook twitter and yahoo?

    one of the best things about technology is that Anything is possible if you want it to be possible.

    (we can’t change that) is the battle hymn of the lost, not the victorious.

    when you seriously want to seriously take the matter of privacy totally seriously and stop falling for the “omg thats the best we can do, LOL whoops”

    and worse, passing that mediocrity over to your customer,

    then you will be on the right path to establishing trust with me and others who are way more (justly) paranoid than i.

    meanwhile i’m going to revoke your access to the accounts i foolishly trusted you with, because i dont think you’re ready for it right now.

    feel free to figure out how to judge my public online heft by, i dont know, things that i do publicly. which is plenty.

    we expect you to be better than this, No Cal.