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Re: Square's new payee identifier: cashtags

From: Erik Ros <mail@erikros.me>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:34:33 +0000
Message-ID: <55140AE9.8030602@erikros.me>
To: Adrian Hope-Bailie <adrian@hopebailie.com>, W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>, Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>

The $ sign is a sub - delimiter according to what I've been reading 
about the URI specs..
(the characters I used above are either reserved characters or 
considered unsave).

The @ symbol works so well because people say: 'at' when they see it. I 
think that is, in the end, why it is a winner. How are the other ones 
pronounceable? (not a rhetorical question)

On 26-03-15 12:56, Adrian Hope-Bailie wrote:
> "cashtags" have been used on Twitter for some time to denote stock 
> ticker symbols.
> Example: $MSFT for Microsoft.
> Now Square have adopted the concept for their p2p payments platform 
> cash.me <http://cash.me>
> https://cash.me/
> They are, very cleverly, telling users to:
>  1. "claim their cashtag" (Example: https://cash.me/$wikipedia)
>  2. tell other people to "cash me with my cashtag"
> So they are promoting a whole new vocabulary which may never take on 
> but what might is the idea of a payee identifier in the form of a 
> "cashtag".
> In the same way that the identifier @ahopebailie is normally 
> understood to mean https://twitter.com/ahopebailie I assume they are 
> hoping the world starts to associate $wikipedia with 
> https://cash.me/$wikipedia
> i.e. Here's another namespace specific identifier (tied to cash.me 
> <http://cash.me>) that has potentially taken ownership of the symbol 
> "$" as a prefix which implies a namespace.
> It does make me think that an identifier like adrian$hopebailie.com 
> <http://hopebailie.com> could be a cool standard though and would 
> imply that my IdP is at hopebailie.com <http://hopebailie.com> and my 
> identity key is "adrian".
> Would this solve the endless debate around using email style 
> addresses? I doubt it

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