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Dick Hardt asks the question on his blog if Facebook Connect is a fatal blow to OpenID. I actually think that it helps to show why OpenID is going to become so valuable as you start to invest in your profile(s). To me, it shows that we're now all able to tell the same story and explain to normal people the value of having an identity and profile that can move about them around the web.

Just as no one would let Microsoft own the protocol, no one is going to let Facebook either.

I'm hoping that we'll actually see Facebook move to supporting OpenID for authentication as a building block of Connect, just as MySpace's OpenID implementation allows you to then interact with their Data Availability APIs. It feels like we're in a World where the visions are the same though the bits for API data access are different, but the underlying building blocks (such as OpenID and OAuth) are starting to become standardized across implementations.

More on this later, right now it is 1am and I just got back from my day trip to f8. OSCON again in the morning!


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Jul. 25th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
If you're going to make a comparison, at least make it an equal one.
There's a key difference here though.

Passport had strict requirements, was expensive, and people don't trust Microsoft.

Facebook doesn't, is free, and despite the one big "everything is public" snafu, people don't have nearly the same qualms with Facebook. People add their lives to Facebook, while not explicit, people trust Facebook.

If they did it "right", people will have no problems with Facebook connect and centralization. You can't honestly tell me that you think Facebook is going to abruptly close their doors before people move on at large.

People don't have the foresight to make a decision that benefits them for a long time to come. It just doesn't work that way.

I love OpenID, I really do. But I'm quickly realizing that being on the bandwagon only goes so far. I don't want to support Facebook (I don't have a Facebook account, FWIW), I really want to support OpenID. But my ability to support it exists solely in external services. I support the sites/services that support OpenID.
Unfortunately, I've stopped using JanRain services (except for the fact that they host my delegated ID), I'm about to call it quits with Zooomr, and I'm once again at the point where all of the sites I visit are good old fashioned username and password sites.

I'm sitting in a "wait-and-see" position with Facebook Connect. I never intend to sign up for Facebook, though. Never.

Edited at 2008-08-24 03:22 am (UTC)
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