In writing Trust Agents, my book with Julien Smith, we’ve started to realize six major traits that define a trust agent. Part of what we’ve noticed through researching the concept is that trust agents quite often make their own game. What do we mean? Consider traditional mainstream businesses. They are the gatekeepers of what we consider the standard, the typical, the recognized. It’s really easy to look at this when you consider various media properties and their online upstart counterparts. To that end, I’m going to start a list, and I was hoping you’d be inspired to add your thoughts and ideas to it. Maybe I’ll even go back and edit your ideas from the comments into the main post.
Gatekeepers vs. Gatejumpers
Gatekeeper: New York Times Politics
Gatejumper: Huffington Post
Gatekeeper: Popular Mechanics
Gatejumper: MAKE Magazine
Gatekeeper: Telco Networks
Gatejumper: Apple iPhone (for now: Google Android soon)
Gatekeeper: The Yellow Pages
GateKeeper: Encyclopedia Britannica
GateJumper: Google Earth/Google Maps
Source, G. Wayne Clayton
Gatekeeper – The Music Industry (Geffen, Atlantic, Sony)
Gatejumper – Digital Technology (Napster, Bittorrent, MySPace)
Source, Sean Bohan
Gatekeeper – NBC Television [editor's note: I'd say Saturday Night Live vs...]
Gatejumper – Ask A Ninja, Tiki Bar, TV, French Maid TV
Source, Sean Bohan
Gatekeeper: Mc Graw Hill
Gatejumper: Createspace (on-demand publishing)
Source, Troy Malone
Gatekeeper: BBC News, CNN News
Gatejumper: Digg, Mixx, Reddit
Source, Hayk Hakobyan
Who else do YOU want to add?
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