Reputation Business

Jozef Vyskoč reported(SK) today on an incident in china, where a police detained a man that stole and sold "short" IM numbers.

This looks ridiculous at first, but it is in fact a "reputation theft". The shorter IM numbers hints that a user was on-line in the early days of serivce and that may give him some kind of "reputation". This may be seen as a isolated incident, but it is not the first time I've about this kind of "inherent" reputation. A friend of mine told me that Switzerland citizens strive for car registration plates that have smallest numbers on them. The low numbers mean that the owner of the plate is long-time citizen and thus should be honored. This goes even further, as the most interesting plates are sold and bought.

There are several thoughts that came to my mind: