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This article was published on November 11, 2008

    I was a CCO at ABN AMRO for a few days

    I was a CCO at ABN AMRO for a few days
    Paul Vereijken
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    Paul Vereijken

    Paul Vereijken is a Dutch freelance journalist with loads of enthusiasm and creativity, who focuses on how the next web is changing his prof Paul Vereijken is a Dutch freelance journalist with loads of enthusiasm and creativity, who focuses on how the next web is changing his profession.

    Ever had the feeling that you really wanted to crash the party you weren’t allowed at? When I wrote a blogpost about social network MeettheBoss.com I couldn’t let go of that feeling. MeettheBoss.com wants to be an exclusive social network. To become a member of the network you have to be a senior or top executive at a financial firm. So for a freelance journalist like me there is only one option to get in: lying.

    Surprisingly lying worked out very well. All I did was fill in the registration pages. I filled in my name, e-mail address and told the site that I was working as a CCO at ABN AMRO. A few minutes later I could check out some parts of the network but still not everything.

    Got kicked out eventually

    I guessed they would reject me at one point. If they would have looked at my LinkedIn profile they would have known right away that I’m not a CCO. But they probably didn’t do that. One day after my registration I received an e-mail telling that the network was happy to let me know that my registration had been accepted.

    How long would it take them to find out I ain’t a CCO? Not too long. My previous blogpost probably caught their eyes because since this morning I can’t login anymore. It looks like they kicked me out after all…

    could not find your user
    MeettheBoss: could not find your user