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The end of OpenID?

The end of OpenID?

Posted Feb 4, 2011 11:12 UTC (Fri) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183)
In reply to: The end of OpenID? by ekj
Parent article: The end of OpenID?

> Instead of: With OpenID you're unable to communicate directly with your users, you get: With OpenID some external organization gets veto-power over what communications you are allowed to send to your own users, and by the way, you get to pay them a few cent for performing the valuable service of censoring you.

I do think though that while most users aren't worried about privacy in general, many are more concerned about spam. I would have thought that there would be a certain value to the providers to be able to say "give us your address and you can be sure it won't be misused", particularly if the customer doesn't know the provider very well.

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The end of OpenID?

Posted Feb 4, 2011 11:16 UTC (Fri) by ekj (guest, #1524) [Link]

I sorta doubt it. Most users aren't worried about giving their email-address to some random site they want to register at, and single-source spam is in practice close to a non-problem anyway, because worst-case, you just filter it.

For those users who do care, there's already free solutions, even *hotmail* which isn't exactly the epitome of technically sophisticated users, today allow creating throw-away aliases for your email-account, for purpose of being able to give a valid email-adress, that can be dropped if it ever starts receiving much spam.

The end of OpenID?

Posted Feb 5, 2011 0:09 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

A complete centralized identity manager would have in the same database with your password your email address and all other personal information typical websites might want about you. With your permission, the web site could get that whenever it wants it, thus saving you the trouble of filling in forms to register with each web site, and then updating them all when the information changes.

A mail forwarding service might be useful, but I don't think it adds much to the server just giving the sender the email address.

I would love it if I could use a web site for the first time (and every time) by just saying who I am (with some short string such as an OpenID URL).

And if that doesn't tell the web site enough about me, it can tell me to come back when I've added the required information to my identity manager and released it.

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