Dave Winer is a genius because he thinks like a real person and when he hits on something that “should be”, he makes something so that it “IS”. So when he says that the right number of identity systems for each user is 1 he’s right on the money.
Filling out a profile for every social networking site I join is a royal pain in the butt. Back when the Virginia Tech tragedy happened, I joined Facebook so I could leave a message on their wall. I haven’t touched it again other than to add a friend or two when they added me until tonight, when I decided to play around with it a little more (since Facebook is the new “hot thing” on the geek blogs these days, usurping Twitter and for the moment, the iPhone).
I want one profile that I own that I can assign to any social network I join. And then I want to be able to broadcast updates across those networks so that I don’t have to post to Twitter, Zipline and Facebook separately, for example. Or a way to upload my photos to Flickr or Zooomr and have those automatically feed to Gather, Facebook, and anywhere else I designate without having to update it.
The other benefit of having an “identity profile” (for lack of a better term) is credibility. I felt like this was where OpenID was going with the effort to tie in identity to a place; e.g. a website or address which belongs to the owner of the profile. It seems to me that in the land of social networks just like in real life, people who establish their identity and put down roots somewhere are more credible than the drifter passing through town. Or at least, more accountable.
If anyone can figure this out, Dave Winer can. Hopefully he will, and soon.
Weird, strange wine glasses with lava-lamp-like light in the bottom.
I’ve been quiet, mostly because I’ve been bogged down in rebuilding Sticks’ laptop as a defensive measure, something I plan a rather beefy blog post about. But also, because I’m finding myself in this weird place where there’s so much to write about that I can’t seem to put my head around what I really want to tackle first, so I end up tackling nothing.
Ah, inspiration…a fleeting thing.
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