This is a great idea that’s time has come. One ID that can be used everywhere online. Our lives just got a little easier…
OpenID is a free and very easy way to use a single universal identity for access across the internet. The foundation was started in January 2007 by JanRain Incorporated, and in the last year and a half nearly 10,000 websites have signed on to accept this ‘Universal Remote’ of online access. Over 160 million OpenIDs are now in existence and this number is growing at an exponential rate as word continues to spread.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Bill Washburn, the project has evolved into an unqualified success. OpenID supports the open source method of web development and steps have been taken by the founders to ensure the process remains absolutely free. According to Brad Fitzpatrick (the father of OpenID):
“Nobody should own this. Nobody’s planning on making any money from this. The goal is to release every part of this under the most liberal licenses possible, so there’s no money or licensing or registering required to play. It benefits the community as a whole if something like this exists, and we’re all a part of the community.”
Several well-known providers are now offering this universal identity to their members and users are encouraged to sign on with the provider they trust the most. AOL, Vox, Verisign, Technorati, Flickr, Wordpress, and Yahoo are just a few names on the provider list. Members of these and other provider networks already have an OpenID ready and waiting. Details can be found on their site at OpenID.net.
OpenID.net includes a lively website Blog and great supportive information for both business people and techies. Open source code is available free for web developers to incorporate OpenID into websites. Being able to offer OpenID to users can become a powerful draw and enhance the services list for web development agencies, SEO vendors, technical firms, and social networking sites.
OpenID should cut down on time, tracking, and costs for companies. The new system also eliminates filling out tedious sign-up forms because all necessary info will be on file with the provider.
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