DiSo, A OpenID And OAuth Prototype

For people like me, who were looking out for something to do with OpenID and OAuth, there is something cooking up already – DiSo. In fact it is more than that, there is use of XFN and one of my other favorite tools, WordPress.

Enough about the tools, yes, they do get me excited. But what is more interesting is the vision behind the exercise. As Steve Ivy explains

DiSo (dee • so) is a new umbrella project for various open source social networking components that we’re working on.

This model can be described as having three sides… Information, Identity, and Interaction.

In short, this is leading to creating portable networks. Chris Messina explains the specifics of the WordPress implementation

So anyway, we’re using Will Norris’ wp-openid plugin, and when someone leaves a comment on one of our blogs using OpenID, and whose OpenID happens to be in blogroll already, they’ll be listed in our respective blogroll with an OpenID icon and a class on the link indicating that, not only are they an XFN contact, but that they logged into our blog and claimed their OpenID URL as an identifier. With this functionality in place, we can begin to build add in permissioning functionality where other people might subscribe to my blogroll as a source of trusted commenters or even to find identifiers for people who could be trusted to make typographic edits to blog posts.

Read the entire post and you will get charged with just the idea. But more importantly this will take us in a direction of owning our data and making it portable and secure according to our preferences. No, this is not same as OpenSocial, this is more focused on letting you and me maintain our own blogroll and then let others access it whenever they want.

I think the idea is great, and as important as it is, it will demonstrate the benefits of open protocols like OpenID and OAuth. Something to keep track of and look forward to.

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