Twenty years ago I found eBay and sold some stuff on it.
At the time you could sign up to eBay without a credit card, which meant you could easily create multiple accounts and submit fake bids to increase the final sale amount.
If I could email my 12 year old self I’d say, “that’s clever, but you should really optimize for integrity and not $10 gains.”
What a fool…
Since then I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I’ve written articles, hosted podcasts, built websites, freelanced, met girlfriends, met platonic-friends, invested in stuff, and sent about 800,000 emails.
I’m an internet expert!
And you are too, so let’s bond over three rules of the internet; observations I’ve found to be mostly true across the web.