If you’re a Facebook user getting ready to stake your name claim when the site changes its URL scheme at 9:01 p.m. Friday, you might want to check Chris Messina’s blog post about “the battle over your digital identity.”
Messina, a San Francisco blogger and “open Web” advocate, discusses the context around Facebook, Twitter and other Web services using names in the URLs of personal pages.
These companies “are racing to achieve namespace dominance over your online profile. This is what Tim O’Reilly warned about in his definition of Web 2.0. He said that one of the new kinds of lock-in in the era of [cloud computing] will be owning a namespace. There you have it — who are you going to trust to own yours?
But most people probably won’t worry about this stuff, and they’ll be glad if it gets easier and more logical to find people on these sites.