OpenID For Testing Times

From the comfort of one’s home, it can sometimes seem that OpenID isn’t such a big deal. One’s comfortable browser and one’s helpful web services mean that one can use a variety of services without encountering a “Halt! Who goes there!” challenge. But when one is giving a test and using the prof PC at … Continue reading “OpenID For Testing Times”

OpenID: Jyte, AOL, etc.

Consider the following claim: OpenID will spread in 2007 or it will disappear. If you have a Jyte account, you can record your agreement or disagreement with that claim. I agree with it. I just claimed that WordPress should support OpenID. So far, 10 fellow Jyters have agreed with this claim, and none have disagreed. … Continue reading “OpenID: Jyte, AOL, etc.”

Andrew Examines Identity Online, Unceasingly

So, you’re on the web (or you wouldn’t be reading this) and you need to identify yourself to various web services and to various web readers, many of whom are real human beings. I was enthusiastic about OpenID a few years ago. But OpenID resonated with only a small and rather specialized subset of people. … Continue reading “Andrew Examines Identity Online, Unceasingly”

ProjectSlice and Online Shopping

ProjectSlice aims to help you organize your online shopping by analyzing your inbox, as Leena at TechCrunch puts it. I’m on the waitlist for the beta. I’ve started using the Yahoo mail app, which has found a recent purchase from Amazon and the recentish purchase of an iPad from Apple. I can’t think of anything … Continue reading “ProjectSlice and Online Shopping”

Identity: Usernames, Rings, etc.

Three years ago, I was pretty enthusiastic about OpenID. Those of us who use (or at least try) too many web services tend to regard OpenID as good news: it means that each of us can sign in to one service in order to access multiple services… Now we get to the bad news. Most … Continue reading “Identity: Usernames, Rings, etc.”

Mindmapping the Groundswell

Here’s a mindmap of the book Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. To be precise, here’s an image generated from the mindmap. You can click on it to see a larger image. I recommend going to the map itself, which includes includes richer content such as notes and links. To create and … Continue reading “Mindmapping the Groundswell”

LiveJournal Strike

I saw Lucius’ post on the LiveJournal strike just before the 24-hour content strike started. For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock. Why? Because the new owners of LJ said they were going to listen to a … Continue reading “LiveJournal Strike”

Portadentity: All Right Then, Data Portability

Your portadentity is your identity, portable across web services. You probably haven’t heard the term before, because it just occurred to me, and Googling it yields no hits. The concept may well be familiar, since it has received a lot of coverage in the last month or so. A recent example comes from yesterday’s Financial … Continue reading “Portadentity: All Right Then, Data Portability”

Google Profiles

Yesterday, I realized that I had something called a Google Profile, and that it was linked to my Google Reader account. Today, several of the blogs to which I subscribe using Reader included posts about Google Profiles. One of these, GigaOm, directed me to its colleague Web Worker Daily. The post at WWD, by Mike … Continue reading “Google Profiles”