Sunday, October 04, 2009

Standards – The opposite of Personalization


Standards – The opposite of Personalization

Wouldn't it be nice if we had standards for personalization? Let me explain.

Standards are linked to discipline. If everyone was to follow their own way, the world would be one unmanageable place. Hence we need standards. They help us towards responsible behavior. Standards improve over the course of time. But they should always be downwards compatible. By that I mean that the previous standards should not be disposed away. If we do, then the change can be more difficult to implement. So ideally speaking the new standards should not replace the old. But supplement them.

Take personalization now. There are different levels of the same. It can be for an individual, a group, a community or other aggregates. The higher the level the more people benefit. At the individual level it ceases to be a standard anymore. Imagine a world were everyone were to Personalize their choice of desktops and display it to others. People would get confused. I think there should be general strokes of standards applicable to personalization also. This would help others.

But then comes the personality aspect. This would be restricted if we limit it. And can anyone restrict freedom of expression. Ideally speaking naught, as long as it does not harm others. Individual is important as long as there is consideration for others also. Hence I believe that standardization for the benefit of one and all is good and will stay and make this world a much better place to live in.



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