Category Archives: Digital Identity

Digg Redesign Launches But Still No OpenID Support

The Digg community woke up this morning to a new design of their favorite Web site.  Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka announced the redesign as a step toward allowing them to add new features like Digg Images. (Big whoop! Geeks will be voting on their favorite lolcat. It’s nothing that exciting.)

I was kind of hoping that we’d finally get OpenID support at Digg but alas alack no such luck.

Has the excitement around OpenID fizzled out? It just seems like there aren’t many big companies with are following through with their support of the technology.  It was kind of hoping that support at Digg would help to keep the torch going.

37signals Launches OpenID Support In Basecamp; Who’s next?

As someone who has many different projects hosted in a variety of 37signals Basecamp accounts, I was giddy when I heard that they had launched OpenID support.  This makes it easy to manage multiple project sites with your single user id and password.  It is such a glorious thing.

Who’s going to launch OpenID support next?  I think there needs to be a certain momentum for it to stay in people’s hearts and minds.  There is still no word on when Digg will come through on its promise of supporting OpenID.

I’d love to see GMail launch OpenID support.  What service would you love to see implement it?

Did Kevin Rose and Digg forget about OpenID

The blogosphere is a little bit of a buzz with Kevin Rose’s announcement that Digg.com will expand into areas such as images and restaurants. This is great news but has the blogosphere forgotten the last announcement that Digg made but hasn’t followed through on?Back in February, Kevin Rose announced at Future of Web Apps in London that Digg was going to be supporting the decentralized single sign on technology OpenID. I understand that Kevin said OpenID support wasn’t going to be launched next day but it has been four months. FOUR MONTHS!

Having Digg FINALLY launch its OpenID support could help to keep the OpenID momentum going.

We need to start holding companies accountable when they make claims on features that will be forth coming.

Update: With my track record, Digg will launch OpenID support on Monday.

What is OpenID and Why Should I Care?

Recently, I have been hearing more and more about OpenID. For example, apparently Kevin Rose just announced at the Future of Web Apps conf. in London that Digg is going to be moving over to using the OpenID system. Apparently Microsoft and AOL are also moving in this direction.

My first question was what is OpenID and why should I care.

OpenID helps to solve the problem of having 30 different online services that you use and 30 different usernames and passwords for accounts that you have to keep track of. You think to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be easier to have one username and password for all these systems?” I can easily think of 20 different systems off of the top of my head that I keep track of.

OpenID allows you to identify yourself using the URL of your home page or your blog, instead of a username or password. There would just be one box where you’d type in the URL of your identifier page that supports OpenID. When you entered your OpenID identifer URL, you’d be sent to that blog or home page system’s login page. You’d login and then you’d be redirected to the orginal system. You’d be authenticated with the original system and all would be good and right with the world.

This is the way that I understand OpenID. Am I missing something? I feel like I should draw a picture.

Any of you all been building web applications using OpenID? What are your thoughts? I have no experience with it.

So much of our lives our online. You can’t underestimate the importance of having secure and usable digital identities. We need to be able to easily and safely use the sites we need and not have to worry about anything.