Got your OpenID yet?

Crystal ball time! I reckon that everyone reading this will have an OpenID and be using it regularly 12 months from now.

As Wikipedia puts it:
OpenID is a decentralized single sign-on system. Using OpenID-enabled sites, web users do not need to remember traditional authentication tokens such as username and password. Instead, they only need to be previously registered on a website with an OpenID "identity provider" (IdP). Since OpenID is decentralized, any website can employ OpenID software as a way for users to sign in; OpenID solves the problem without relying on any centralized website to confirm digital identity.

Have you got yours yet? If you use AOL or have a blog at Wordpress then you have one already! Otherwise, get one here. I'm http://robertjones.myopenid.com and have also set up this blog to act as my OpenID, following Sam Ruby's instructions here.

OpenID has a good chance of becoming one of the key elements of a truly open, distributed social network that will render MySpace and Facebook as redundant as Friendster is now. The big fuss about OpenSocial from Google highlighted how clearly people see the need for such a development.

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