Kerry Buckley

What’s the simplest thing that could possibly go wrong?

The blog as online identity


In You Are Not a Username, Jason Kolb suggests that the blogosphere is really just a large, losely-coupled social network, and that your identity on that network is your blog’s URL, not a username.

I think this is an area that needs to be explored further because I really don’t like the concept of having a separate account at every site I belong to. It really should revolve around my personal Web site, wherever that may be, and that should be the end of it. It’s a simple matter of relabeling the blogosphere as a social network and layering some existing technology on top of it to add some more value.

This sounds very much like the type of thing you can do with OpenID. For instance, using the OpenID Comments for WordPress plugin, your blog becomes an OpenID server, and you can identify yourself on other OpenID-enabled sites simply by specifying your blog’s URI as the OpenID provider.

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Written by Kerry

February 6th, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Posted in Web 2.0

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  1. sounds like this guy is ripe for

    BTW, your openid login doesn’t use the correct accepts header when looking for a Yadis file ..

  2. I agree with you, though… ehm. I think that I’m not alone when I just unify my url name with my real name.

    Lenno Cornish

    19 Oct 07 at 9:35 am

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