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[qi:006] Have you ever wondered why the “secret questions” on everything from your bank account to email account all have a certain bland quality to them? Where were you born? What was your first school? Bo-ring. We think it’s time for question writers to get a […]

[qi:006] Have you ever wondered why the “secret questions” on everything from your bank account to email account all have a certain bland quality to them? Where were you born? What was your first school? Bo-ring.

We think it’s time for question writers to get a creative and come up with some more contemporary queries. We are seeding with 10 suggestions, but feel free to blog on your own site (TAG: Secret Questions) and link back here. Or just go nuts in our comments.

* How many stock options do you have? (How many are worth anything?)
* Who was your first online date? (Which service was it through?)
* What is your World of Warcraft name?
* What was the name of your first startup?
* What is your Facebook username?
* What was your first email address?
* What is your Google Page rank?
* When was the first time (year) you used Google?
* How many IM accounts do you have?
* When was the last time you went out on a date?

Bonus secret question (and answer):

* How many pounds have you lost since YouTube got acquired and you had to eat crow? 22 (18 to go.)

By Om Malik

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  1. How many RSS feeds do you subscribe to?

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  2. How many hours do you waste at work reading blogs?

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  3. Very nice list…

    And this question should probably be included in the list: How many times do you visit GigaOm?

    hobnobLover
    http://www.hobnobLover.com/

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  4. hobnobLover, for 100% self serving reasons, that is like the best question ever.

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    • Who was the first president you voted for?

    • Who should’ve won a Nobel Peace Prize?

    My answer to both: Reagan

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  5. From a safety perspective, some of these are potentially dangerous ones.

    Especially …
    “Which year did you start using Google?” only have a few options and can be easily cracked.

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    1. What is your IP address
    2. How many gigabytes of pirated music do you have?
    3. How many different passwords do you have?
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  6. How many email accounts do you have? (How many times do you check your mail a day?)

    Whats your favorite game of all time?

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  7. Quite an innovative post buddy. Anyways few from my side…
    1. When was the last time (year) you entered a web url without googling it?
    2. How many times do you use the ‘F’ word in a day?

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  8. You don’t have a username for facebook…

    how about

    Facebook or mySpace?

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