Friday, October 5, 2007
What Good is OpenID?
Wikipedia says the following about OpenID:
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..."
Here's how it's suppose to work... you create a profile at one OpenID server and then all other Web sites that use OpenID can refer back to the original OpenID server where you created your ID.
So, after a week of trying it out I've discovered that, generally speaking, each site that hosts an OpenID server will want you to use their own OpenID server.
I reached this conclusion when I created an OpenID profile at myopenid.com and then, several days later, I need to go through the whole process again at myvidoop.com.
Sure, I'm probably misunderstanding how OpenID is suppose to work - so don't hesitate to correct my misperceptions.