in “Do you trust these guys? OpenDNS.org” I commented on how OpenDNS requires trust; that the service is a risk because it asks that it be trusted, when it doesn’t have a clear monetization model that earns such trust. Since then we know OpenDNS redirects typos to Yahoo! search for a share in advertising revenue, and this week we read more about OpenDNS in the New York Times.
But it is Frank Schilling’s comments on the excellent Seven Mile blog I absolutely love:
Opt-in huh? So was Gator.. Depends if your users know exactly what they’re opting-in to and how far you go in shaping their experience using the permission you were granted. Not trying to rain on David’s parade and I’m not as worried about a decent guy like him shaping technology like this toward the dark-side. I am worried about what would happen if a company like Gator offered him a big pile of money and the culture shifted in a darker more unseemly way. As a rule, I am firmly against helper applications and downloads like this because of that opaqueness.
and the best part of all:
“I will take the 30 year old authoritative DNS standard over some third-party’s promise not to do bad things; ten times out of ten.”
Ain’t that the truth.
If you’re an SEO reader and you’re not reading Frank’s blog, you really should. To get you started:
- Domains Names in SEO, Google Blocking, Arbitrage Leverage - Some Freeform Thoughts Frank’s clearly in the know as his arbitrage comments are dead-on. Don’t ask me how I know; I was an SEO in New York until 2003 and now I’m in Seattle.
- Search Engine Land of Make Believe Clearly drives home the importance of perspective when reading the programmed media, and SearchEngineLand is programmed media.