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February 16, 2007


More controversy - according to this AdWeek article (reg. req'd) states are opposing the existing (stringent?) registration process as too permissive. This doesn't bode well...........


I think the bigger problem is once you get to the content (and good luck with that, by the way) you can't share it with the outside world, no YouTube, etc. Problem if you're hoping your super duper content will catch on like wildfire.

This Advertising Age article (http://adage.com/article?article_id=114993) provides a good critique of both problems.

I totally hear ya about the technology used being onerous. However, as a developer, I sympathize with the difficulty of what Bud's trying to do: actually and PROVABLY verify identity, instead of just putting up some "enter your birthdate" crap designed to fulfill the letter of the COPPA law. They're doing this with Aristotle:
...who uses government ID verification behind the scenes, not credit-monitoring data. Other industries that need to do this are the tobacco industry and casinos.

So I completely get what you're saying, but what you're looking at is fairly new, and can only get better. Personally, I'm hoping that openID will catch on, which has the potential of solving exactly the problem you're describing: sharing adult stuff, easily, with only other adults. It's hard to do transparently, though.

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