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Keeping Belle de Jour’s secret

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 16, 2009

Darren from LinkMachineGo, an old school blogger, guessed Belle de Jour’s identity soon after her blog started. How? Pre-Belle, Brooke Magnanti ran an obscure Robotwisdom-style link blog and wrote in a few other online forums and Darren recognized the writing style. Not only didn’t Darren tell Magnanti or anyone else, he even set up a clever Googlewhack honeypot to detect people searching for her secret identity and tipped Magnanti off that The Daily Mail was sniffing around.

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