With the launch of i-names about two weeks ago it thought I would review some the coverage because it is interesting how people put all this stuff into there own words.
The most enthusiastic I-names mention in the shpere came from
derpressionisms with the title i love i names and so will you. It is great to see someone get it so deeply so quickly (he just learned about them the week of launch). It is really worth reading if you are trying to understand how it all works. One thing that is off though is the reference to XNS. That became XRI and XDI – two different open OASIS standards. By splitting the identifier stuff (XRI) from the data sharing stuff (XDI) it is more adoptable.
Saunders also picked up on inames calling them Your Portable Identity.
It looks as if the dream of a user controlled, portable identity is about to become a reality. I’ve been swapping email with Kaliya Hamlin about identity standards. She has pointed me to inames.net, a commons for identity. Christine Herron has also recently written about this effort.
What’s an iname? It’s a human friendly handle (mine is =alec.saunders) for a person or organization that you can use to organize all of your identity bits in one place – email addresses, phone numbers, IM handles and so on. Like DNS, you simply pick a registrar, and select a name. Services include single sign-on, contact, forwarding, and a unified address book.
Someone also highlighted the idea of Identity Networks being here.