Lately I have been seeing some interesting postings about OpenID, this digital system that centralizes all of one’s online identity. Of course being the proud early adopter that I am, I am trying it out to see if it helps me keep centralized, claim my eIdentity, etc. You can find out more by going to openid.net but there are lots of posts/sites out there out there: openidenabled, myopenid, etc. It seems to me that there are two huge upsides to this:
- More sites (Soon to include typepad.) will be going to this OpenID sign-in process. Now you will be able to generate one set of secure and verified user names, passwords, info, etc.
- All YOUR stuff is in one place, no more having to re-list everything in multiple places, now you just say go to My ClaimID.
- If you have a common name you can claim what is exactly about you. No more getting confused with that other Bruce Reyes-Chow nut-job in Australia who makes his money converting kangaroos to early 1700’s Calvinism . . . sorry, pretty random example 😉
I am going to play with this a bit and then see if it starts to catch on. I personally am using www.claimid.com, but there are plenty more. Here is a good post about the entire process as well as a post by Simon Willison that seems to be standard.
In addition to being one more new thing to try out, I actually think this might save some time . . . unlike my latest online addiction over at Yelp, that may provide a service but not much else. God Yelp me, I think I need a self-Yelp group!