If you’ve wondered about OpenID, and you’ve wanted to know more

this video by Simon Willison is a good place to start.

Incidentally, the way I got to the video is probably the way I’m going to get to many things in the future. I was in Facebook, used Blog Friends to get to Chris Messina’s Ma.gnolia, read a very interesting article on Identitu.de by Dan York, and while reading that saw the reference to the Simon Willison screencast (something I missed because I was recuperating in hospital when it came out).

While doing all this, I also found Aswath Rao’s blog, somewhere I intend to spend a little time. Soon.

We need to get used to this process. Some place in cyberspace you go to regularly, a place that supports your reading the blogs of people you trust and like, your friends. A way of following the recommendations that your friends make, particularly about things you’re interested in. A way of selecting from those recommendations those which you intend to do something about.

Lower search and discovery costs. Persistent and shareable processes. Patterns I can study and learn from. I like what I see.

5 thoughts on “If you’ve wondered about OpenID, and you’ve wanted to know more”

  1. A blog about information seems to me the right meta title for this post: The way in the future we are going to get the info.

    What is going to be (in more detail):

    Option 1. Facebook or some other social network. I like Linkedin for the target market, but I do not like the features. I like Facebook features, but today most people I know are not actively in. I am trying to invite people my age (from 35 on) our position (C level) to make a community with our tastes and activities. By the way I have not tried one social network, called onstartups.com a friend on Silicon Valley refer me, which is for entrepreneurs, sound interesting.

    Option 2. A RSS reader, I use one named NewsFire on may Mac. In which I recently insert your blog. I comes also with video player. Something I miss from this one is capability to find some article.

    Option 3. A place like Google desktop where you can see all the info you like and preference you like.

    Tell me what is your preference.

    Please (anyone) be open to contact me to make our network for people our profile.

    Mario Ruiz
    @ http://www.oursheet.com

  2. Mario, what you’ve done in your options above is list three of my “four pillars”: your option 1 is my “conversation”, your option 2 is my “publishing” pr syndication, and your option 3 is my “search”. The fourth pillar, “fulfilment”, is what some people call e-commerce, where you buy or sell or exchange something, usually based on searches you have done, things you have read and conversations you have had.

  3. Simon has started something pretty big. It’s great to see the AOL adoption for their 63 million users. I wonder how many of those users use OpenID for another service? We’ve seen some adoption at Near-Time- near-time.com

  4. My only practical use for my OpenID currently is http://pibb.com, an IM solution that hasn’t been blocked by my corporate firewall (until they read this no doubt).

    I believe in controlling my online identity quite carefully so I registered my OpenID at the first opportunity, but have only recently started using it in anger.

  5. EnThinnai (www.enthinnai.com) is a social networking like web application that uses OpenID as the sole identification scheme. As a result, it will be able to realize distributed social networking. This is one of the big benefits of OpenID that is not usually identified.

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