OpenID: An Introduction

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.

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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.

Why OpenID?

  • 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?

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?

44 thoughts on “OpenID: An Introduction

  1. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  2. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  3. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  4. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  5. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  6. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  7. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  8. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  9. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  10. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  11. we’ve been looking at Open ID for over a year now and in the process of selecting a vendor and moving forward . Would be interested in an OpenID Devcamp Sebestien and Sylvain . Good idea .

  12. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  13. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  14. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  15. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  16. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  17. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  18. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  19. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  20. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  21. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

  22. As we say around the office at Praized HQ, anyone reading the this blog and with enough perspective on this industry will have a pretty good idea where we are heading as a company…

    I would add that anyone that has been reading my blog (ironically down at this moment!) has a pretty good idea about what technolologies are under my radar.

    Here’s a hint – http://del.icio.us/sylvaincarle/openid

    Feel free to draw your own conclusion.😉

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