Friends and their damn baby pictures

What a cheesy gimmick, and somehow it works:

From: Scott Baradell (Idea
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 5:24 PM

Subject: Baby pictures

Hi friends,

I bought
a bunch of new clothes for my baby, Spin Thicket, and I’d appreciate if you’d
take a peak and tell me how cute he looks

please provide as much link-love as your heart can muster.  Did you know
that when the Grinch decided to be generous, his heart grew three sizes in one
day?  :)

Take care,

Scott Baradell

OK, besides Scott’s gratuitous link )@(#@ing, this does tie into those 2007 themes from a week ago. Self expression. Throwing links in the fark wind is one thing, developing an online reputation and personality is another.

So, Scott, welcome to my world. Now tell me, how do I hook that into OpenID so the user is in COMPLETE control of who they share with whom. And so the user maintains control. And so security is guaranteed. All the while enabling unlimited and unencumbered self expression?

That last paragraph? Nobody understood that except 1 of my 5 readers (not counting me). That? That is the usability problem we face. It ain’t gonna be easy.