OpenID - Making a Good Idea Work

Anchor for this item  posted Friday, January 04, 2008 at 12:42 am MST

*Draft - it's late in a long day; I'm tired*

In good time; a quantum of information to bring folk aboard and to enable those who self-host.

Updated: Social WhiteList with OpenID
Also: "OpenID Delegate WordPress plugin will add OpenID delegation abilities to your blog, thus allowing you to sign in to various OpenID supported sites using your blog’s URL." and "WordPress YADIS/XRDS is a Wordpress plug-in to aid in delegating your OpenID to another server."

SpreadOpenID is Here to Explain the Options - ReadWriteWeb: Written by Marshall Kirkpatrick / January 3, 2008 11:07 PM

Would you like to know more about the different options available for an OpenID account? is a great looking project aiming to make it easy to learning about and chose a provider for OpenID. Did you hear that? Someone has finally begun a project dedicated to communicating clearly and accessibly about OpenID! Today is a beautiful day."

Spread OpenID?:

Just another website on a topic which is just cool with some geeks? Well, hopefully not. As you have probably guessed by the name already, Spread OpenID is a platform helping to spread the idea of OpenID and make it more known among users. It’s mainly focused on end users who have read or heard about it but don’t know where to start. It is not a competing site to or any other site. Spread OpenID works alongside the OpenID community wherever possible."

Public OpenID providers - OpenID Wiki:

OpenID allows anyone who can run a web server to run an identity server. Your identity server is separate from your identity, so you are free to use any identity server that has some ability to validate your identity and you can change between them at will. An identity server is sometimes referred to as an identity provider. If you wish, you can use the services listed below with your own website as your identifier using delegation."

Run your own identity server - OpenID Wiki:

"Running your own identity server allows you to act as an OpenID Provider. You could run one just for yourself, for a community of users or, if you wish, for the general public. You do not need to register or obtain permission from anyone; you just need to run an OpenID identity server on your site."

Main Page - OpenID Wiki | Delegation - OpenID Wiki:

Delegation allows you to use your own website as your identifier while still using a third-party OpenID provider. This requires only the ability to add a small snippet of HTML code to the page you wish to use as your identifier.

What you need to know
In order to set up delegation, you need to know two pieces of information:
  • The identifier issued to you by your provider. This is what you would sign in to sites with if you weren't using delegation.
  • The URL (address) of your provider's identity server. You should be able to get this information from your provider."

    My pick: phpMyID: "a standalone, single user, OpenID Identity Provider."


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    AlphaDawg's ITGeek Twitter Group

    Anchor for this item  posted Wednesday, January 02, 2008 at 5:58 pm MST

    AlphaDawg's ITGeek Twitter Group


    *Preliminary Draft - I'm still working on the thuds; not sure this will fly at all!* BenTrem 21:24Z 2JAN08

    Please, join in to create the group feed; follow ITGeek!
    The "group feed" should appear at

    With the arrival of David Sifry's "Announcing Hoosgot" service on twitter (see also Doc Searles' "Y Hoosgot?") folk have started talking about the whole #tagging and grouping thang again (Not ignoring HashTags, another dandy service) ... and this really deserves to be talked through.

    These two posts pretty much capture the state of things in the summer of '07: "Groups for Twitter; or A Proposal for Twitter Tag Channels" and, at ITtoolbox, ELSUA's "Groups for Twitter; or a Proposal for Twitter Tag Channels and on the Importance of Listening to Your End-Users" - As a starter, people keep coming up with some pretty impressive blog posts that clearly detail how Twitter could be used on a business environment to help you stay connected with other knowledge workers while in a distributed world.

    Looking at how folk use Twitter got me remembering group dynamics in PowWow. (You had to be there; systems in-form transaction, yes? This system truly enabled friendly fun camp-fire style exchanges.)

    I've been chewing on this for a few days ... reading posts that link to this one hear ... letting it simmer a while.

    I think I've got a model that would work. It doesn't use tags, it would be by subscription. Sort of. It's so simple it's sort of embarrassing.

    You know how many different view we have now. "Recent" ( of course shows yours and everyone you're following. Then "Archive", your past tweets ... again self-evident. And "Replies", which is awefull nice ... most everyone misses @ traffic now and again. Then there's "Direct Messages" ... gotta luv systems that have simple PM Function.

    And, equally obvious, you can go to anyone else' page to see their past tweets. Not their "Direct" of course, nor their "Replies" ... common decency.
    Put here's the curve: "With Others" ... ok, I can see my buddies' view of his transaction ... not so interesting.

    Ah-Ha! - a group could congregate on a single account! If folk "Follow" that "group user", then they would see it and all others subscribed to it.
    What's interesting is that the plumbing imposes open-ness ... not tweets can be directed to only that group, and non-members are perfectly capable of viewing the whole record. But "viewers" can not contribute to that stream; an individual isn't "voiced" until/unless the group user Follows them! And, of course, an individual can be de-voiced. (Yes, of course "with cause" ... having tools doesn't mean we shed all the problematics of the human experience!


    The "group feed" should appear at">ITGeek w/Friends


    Addendum: I was wondering >> ITGeek: "Hoosgot insight for "advantage to actually following" me? My Follows already create the group. To what use my "Followers" list?"
    I got it: By "Following" ITGreek, a person promotes their own Tweets, i.e. that gesture signals a request to have feed added to group view!


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    No One-Sided Blade Here!

    Anchor for this item  posted Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:38 pm MST

    * this in response to NewMediaJim's " our producer here in Crawford is looking for recommendations for great podasts, any topic. DM me suggestions!! about 1 hour ago from web"


    And no tabula rasa; APML arises in the context of such as these two:
    * Lauren Weinstein's Blog: Google Hijacked -- Major ISP to Intercept and Modify Web Pages - "Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and modification system (reportedly manufactured by "In-Browser Marketing" firm "PerfTech")"
    * MIT Researcher Collecting Passive Social Graph Data From Cellphone Activity, Bluetooth - ReadWriteWeb - "Sandy Pentland, a researcher at MIT whose work has received funding from Nokia, is working on processing more than 350,000 hours of data collected from peoples' cell phones. More than just who calls who, Pentland is also studying proximity, location and activity data using information like interactions recorded between Bluetooth devices."

    FYI the recent pages I've read on APML:


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