I just got a note from my friend Jo Lee a woman active in the Nonprofit Tech sector (she developed citizen speak – the MoveOn for ultra local campaigns) that OpenID was in the NYTimes today.
Here is a link to the article where the reference is. (page one) and Page Two where the reference is.
Another challenge is persuading users to enter their information over and over when they join new online communities. To solve the problem, several firms are pushing a standard called OpenID, which would let users sign on and easily transfer profile information among social sites.
Marc Canter, a former Tribe.net consultant who has created his own social networking firm, People Aggregator, was an early supporter of OpenID. “Humans are migratory beasts, and we do not want to re-enter our data every time we join a new site,” he said. “Users own their data and should be able to move it around freely.”
It is interesting that Marc would say this about what OpenID does. Since all it does right now is let users authenticate porting their identifier around and if you use the simple extension a tiny amount of data. I hope that the community does find an open standards solution to data movement that empowers people. I think it is a bit irresponsible to tell the NYTimes that is what it actually ”does’ right now.