My boss told me so.....just before I got fired (I'm kidding) but your Pings are pinging all over the internet now. Isn't that wild and crazy and..whatever?
I don't remember them being so public before. Were they? Every word in every comment and article and ping seems to have found a way to get connected to your Gather name and is on the internet. If you are using your actual name and not a pseudonym, might be a good time to reconsider that. Otherwise your professional life and Gather life may merge in all sorts of interesting ways. You could be in a vital meeting or something and have someone run in with an urgent Ping! for you, pulled right off the Google search engine.
If you like the idea of having your Pings all over the Net, now is the time to bone up on keywords, search engine optimization and all that. I'm thinking I ought to throw something in here....right about now...about Britney Spears...rising gasoline prices...Legos......how to make a million dollars overnight, GUARANTEED (or not)...etc. Performance enhancers and enhancement. Surefire results. Let's see what Google does with that :)