Anonymity is the New Celebrity

Paris Hilton got her Sidekick device hacked into this week and her private world became public knowledge in a matter of minutes. Blogger played host to spyware when you click on "next blog" and it’s their private nightmare. Engineer at Google got fired for airing company strategy on his blog, and Britney Spears comments in a London publication on why she loves that city because it makes her feel anonymous…

There is an interesting phenomenon taking place here. You might not realize it from the millions who will do anything to step in front of a TV camera, but it’s just around the corner. When it is easy for anyone to be accessible to the world either by choice (having a homepage or a blog); or unwillingly (like the Scientology guys who always manage to send me their crap no matter where I’ve lived for the last ten years); the trend is evident. At least it is to me. Privacy will be one of the most coveted possessions of the connection age, and anonymity will be the new celebrity.

Think about it…we approaching a paradigm of civilization where everyone can be known, which is basically one step away from being famous. Given that fame in such a context is only about relevance to a large group at a given point in time. As you are reading this, I’m that kind of famous right now. Now imagine that instead of this blog, it’s an instant video connection that plays on your TV…what then?

Understanding this force at play can lead us to recognize where the next opportunities for personalization, security and privacy lies. We already see the emergence of services like anonymous web browsing through apps like Ghostweb, and other media will not be far behind. What will your customers want most, when their every move is open for contextual analytics? Anonymity just might be more valuable than today’s celebrity wannabes might think…

1 Responses to “Anonymity is the New Celebrity”

  1. # Blogger Stephan St Louis

    I totally agree with you. Those who are not chased by the paparazzi and who send what they think are priceless snapshots of their lives to America’s Funniest Home Videos. We have reality shows that pry into people “real” lives, and soap operas that immerse us into people’s fake lives. On new technology, some of us live by our web cam (and some of us need to find a real mate, LOL). Although our privacy is eroding with technology, many seem to revel in our moments of fame, but EdTV can quickly turn into The Truman Show.  

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