As I stated in my last yearly predictions, I think 2008 will be the year of identity, where we start solving the problem of having to create (and remember) multiple username/passwords to access all the sites we visit. A panel yesterday morning at SXSW08 offered us a glimpse into what could be THE solution for solving this issue: OpenID.
What is OpenID?
- A decentralized mechanism for SSO (single sign on) that tries to solved the username/password problem
- It’s a URL (an identifier) – the OpenID protocol lets you prove you own the URL
- Simple registration
- You can read more about what is OpenID here.
- Many people in the past have tried to solve the issue: Microsoft Password, TypeKey, Facebook
- But SSO with a single controlling authority betrays the principle of the web
Yahoo! & OpenID
- Yahoo is now an OpenID provider (has been since January)
- It means you can log-in to OpenID-compatible sites using your Yahoo log-in information (the reverse is not true though).
How to implement OpenID?
- See this presentation.
What it means: I think the consensus is that OpenID as a technology is ready to go, but it still lacks “marketing” and “user-friendliness”. Companies including Clickpass are trying to address that problem. See today’s coverage on Techcrunch for more details. Expect this technology to make waves in the next 12 -18 months. My Praized partner, Sylvain, is already talking about organizing a OpenID DevCamp in Montreal. Anyone else interested?