Friday, January 2, 2009

The Future of Logins

So I often say "wow, how did people survive before *insert modern amenity*".

Today I re-discovered openid and then facebook connect, two services which seek to give you one online presence but access to multiple sites. In theory this sounds fantastic but immediately a problem arises: I already have a login for most of the major sites I use. Then after checking the list of sites compatible with both services I let out a sigh and gave up on the idea.

Essentially these services are useless, for all the google services I use I have one login and that works well xxx@gmail.com gets me into blogger, gmail, docs etc. and connects the majority of these services to my G1. If the whole web worked like that would a place it would be; rather than signing up for a drop box account I simply add dropbox to my list of services and off I go.

In 5yrs I hope I can look back and ask how I lived with having to remember 20 passwords!

I came out of hibernation just to say this and Happy New Year.

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