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You know one of the this week's biggest news was
Google and Facebook joining the DataPortability Workgroup. You also know that there are many signs of that OpenID is ready to take off big time. All of this also points out to a prediction that 2008 is indeed going to be the year of "ME". It's all about open data and identity.

BusinessWeek reports as one of the innovation trends
the "me-first" trend:

It's All about Me

"Identity" replaces "experience" as the next big concept in design and media thinking. People create their own identities interacting with products and services. The notion of a consumer experience is a more passive way of thinking. It's so 20th century. Identity gets the buzz in '08.
Yes, in 2008, Me and My Identity. That's where myID can come in handy for you. You've heard about Data Portabilities, Attention Trust's, Social Bill of Rights', and Social Graphs. As we've mentioned before, these are the values that myID is exactly pursuing after.

So expect big things from myID. Just in case you haven't tried it yet, you're always welcome to join us and see it for yourself what the true "openness" tastes like.

Bloglines supports OpenID!!!!

October 16th, 2007 17:14

As you guys all probably know, Bloglines is one of the the leading online RSS readers. Many of us here at openmaru also use Bloglines for catching up with blogs and news. Of course, weve been loving it even more ever since the upgrade. :)

 

Anyhow, the news of the day is this: Bloglines now supports OpenID. Thats, in fact, real good news. OpenID is something whose value increases exponentially if its supported by major applications. Now, weve got one of THE major web applications joining the band, we can maybe even happily expect other services to start jumping in as well.

 

You dont have an OpenID account yet? You can so easily create one simply by visiting our OpenID service: myID.net. We provide many great services as an OpenID provider.

 

But wait! We have one more major service coming tomorrow. Its openmarus service called Springnote. Yes, its English version is finally live! More on this fascinating service tomorrow!

Big kudos: OpenID.net relaunched!

October 9th, 2007 22:09

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OpenID.net relaunched last night and should we call it "pure beauty"? It looks really nice! We know Open ID, in general, has needed something more "average-user-friendly" and what more could we want now with a site like this now? :)

What amazed and amused us even more was that MyID has been listed as one of the OpenID providers on the site. Awesome!

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Mad props to those who worked on it really hard. We are strongly convinced that the site relaunching was a huge step toward a wider adoption of OpenID for everyone. Again, congratulations!
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When we came across this article, we were like "Yes! Yes! Yes!" because that's exactly what we are trying to do here at openmaru: Give rights back to users!

We've always believed in the open Web, open social networks, open media, and open platforms, so to see an article written by big names like Joseph Smarr, Marc Canter, Robert Scoble, and Michael Arrington, was definitely a huge encouragement.

Here's the list of rights users must have:

  • Ownership of their own personal information, including:
    • their own profile data
      the list of people they are connected to
    • the activity stream of content they create;
  • Control of whether and how such personal information is shared with others; and
  • Freedom to grant persistent access to their personal information to trusted external sites.

Also, the sites supporting these rights shall:

  • Allow their users to syndicate their own profile data, their friends list, and the data that’s shared with them via the service, using a persistent URL or API token and open data formats;
  • Allow their users to syndicate their own stream of activity outside the site;
  • Allow their users to link from their profile pages to external identifiers in a public way; and
  • Allow their users to discover who else they know is also on their site, using the same external identifiers made available for lookup within the service.

That's where myID nicely can come in. Being an OpenID provider, it creates a great way for users to move their identity data around. But, we don't stop there. We also enable our users to move their contact list around. We also have a series of features to be added as time goes on, all in sync with the lists above.

The "four-fathers" of the bill of rights deeply understand the value of the open Web. We are trying to push hard in the same direction as well.

That's what gets us excited. This is the Web IN THE MAKING. And we, as in everyone, are the makers.

Of course, having a sip of what this Web will be a great starting point. Wouldn't it? ;)

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As part of our ongoing effort to make myID.net user-friendly and user-accessible, weve come up with few brilliant ideas and features thatll greatly help you in use of myID.net The first one of them is Bookmarklets.

 

As you know bookmarklets are small browser functions that allow you to bookmark pages or features. With myID bookmarklets, we essentially provide two functions.

 

First one is for bookmarking all your friends OpenIDs. Its quite difficult and tedious to write them all down to manage them. With myID bookmarklets, you can simply drag and drop the contact list button into your browser. And then you can press the button to add your friends' OpenIDs into your own contact list every time you see it. It's just like how you bookmark pages on del.icio.us. The second bookmarklet allows your browser to auto-complete your own OpenID when you sign in to services just by clicking on the bookmarklet, saving much of time and effort. 

Both bookmarklets are browser-dependent, but still very easy to deploy. You can find out more details on how to use them on the tools & tips page.

Here's the screencast of how to use bookmarklets. Look how easy bookmarklets are to use!



Yes, were not more a mere OpenID provider service. We also go into the ID consumer side as well. Its pretty simple. We create services that are valuable to every day users and customers. Were all about people and bringing values to them. Bookmarklets are only snippets of what we want to do. In the next post, well explain one of our most convenient features in contact list import features.

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myID.net English version gone live!

September 11st, 2007 22:46

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Yup, you heard it right. For all of you whove been waiting for a long time to hear this, myID.net English version is now live. In fact, its been up for few days, but were making the announcement on this blog now because we just thought clearing few things up before officially announcing would help.

We
ve explained several times why were persistent in pursuing OpenID as one of our core strategies at openmaru. Today, were really showing it. myID.net is now open for the world. As another proof, were planning to launch a Japanese version by the end of the year.

There is a reason we
re jumping in as another OpenID provider while there are already few. We have many reasons why we believe myID will be a great service for the users.

For one, myID.net is the simplest service out there. Not only it
s got a very accessible domain name in myID but also were striving to make it as simple and easy to use for average users as possible. In fact, myIDwas the top search keyword on opendirectory.com, the major openID directory service.

Also, in order to increase the usability of the service, we
re providing a transferable group/contact list. Basically, you can create or even import a contact to myID contact list and have the list exported to any service that supports the myID contact list API. For starters, we have Facebook and Gmail contact list import feature on the way.

We
re going to explain various features of myID in the next few posts, so please make sure you stay tuned! Till then, why dont you hop in and join the service? :)

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