Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur


Those who are paying more attention to, eg, Slashdot will have seen this already, but for those who aren't: I just stumbled across OpenID, a very new initiative of the LJ folks that is looking like it might take off rather suddenly. It's a very pragmatic design for doing common authentication in a distributed way. Basically, it's an open-source attempt to cut Microsoft's Passport off at the knees, so your single "identity" can be used across the Web. It's relatively simple, and intentionally unambitious: it's trying to solve one longstanding problem well, rather than trying to be all things to all people.

LJ seems to be moving forward with this pretty rapidly, and it sounds like a lot of people are thinking about implementing it soon. (Based on the profusion of Google references to it over the past week.) Given that it's relatively simple and open-source, I could easily see this moving from prototype to de rigeur within a year...

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