Getting Social Networks to Socialize

Michael Geist, Weblog, Aug 16, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

My recent work to implement OpenID is especially relevant in view of articles like this one as it considers the need for social networks to communicate with each other. What this requires is a system of personal identification that is not owned by any of them - and that, to my mind, is OpenID (as people like Marc Canter are saying (here too - lots of links) - odd that Michael Geist completely misses this, talking instead about Plaxo and Liberty). Today I managed to get the OpenID Consumer script working. I'm thinking about how to implement this into my login system. As I ponder these things, I read a lot and write a lot - which results in today's jam-packed issue. The posts are a bit longer than usual - but I think the length was worth it. Related: Scott Wilson discusses the OpenID group service proposal.
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