“They say it can’t be won, the way the game is run. But if you choose to stay, you’ll wind up playing anyway.”
Do you trust me? I’ve been thinking a lot about trust lately. The guys at connect.me had a pretty good idea– that trust should be based on inter-personal recommendations. But as Saul has pointed out, the foxes are already in that hen house. (Full disclosure– I am a connect.me trust anchor. I honestly don’t know what that means.) While I certainly wish the connect.me team well I honestly don’t see that site as having any major effect on trustworthiness online.
Even for folks who write dictionaries, trust is not an easy word to define. For instance, here is what dictionary.com has listed for trust:
reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
confident expectation of something; hope.
confidence in the certainty of future payment for propertyor goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
a person on whom or thing on which
one relies: God is my trust.
the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
I think I’ve most always filed trust into the “I know it when I see it” category, much like the Supreme Court on pornography. It seems to me that so much of what we do depends a great deal on being able to trust the people we interact with. I’m convinced that Facebook and Google are dead wrong that knowing someone’s wallet name is a good reason to trust them. I’ve known (by their wallet names) a number of people who proved spectacularly un-trustworthy.
I don’t think I am ever going to write a dictionary. I’m honestly unsure if I will ever be sure of just what trust is. But I definitely don’t think that any web site is ever going to easily solve the issue of trust. And sometimes, it seems to me, social networking is very much like tap dancing in a minefield. Or living in an old Jackson Browne