Hot Portal Action

Two big portal plays recently: Scirus Topic pages and Google Knols. I don’t know if this is related to the recent Wikipedia infighting brouhaha, but it’s certainly timely. Wikipedia is great for what it is, but we do need something that takes identity and authority into account.

Of course, no one’s calling these new efforts portals, because that would be way too 1.0, but it’s what they are. A single comprehensive destination site, just like Facebook et. al are portals. One single place to go for people to whom the open web is too big and scary. There’s something to be said for that, as it allows the identity and authority that wikipedia and the web as a whole don’t have, but readers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of decentralization and distribution. My blog is where I create content, and the nexus of my social network. Of course, because the web is open, it automatically includes all these closed efforts, and ideally, will interlink them.

Blogger is now supporting OpenID.

Not to be outdone, this blog is as well. If you have an account at Livejournal,, AOL/AIM, or Typepad, you’ve got an OpenID. There are also OpenID providers you can sign up with, or you can host your own OpenID. Let me know if you have any issues. No log-in is required for comments, so you won’t see the form unless you register.

I recommend hosting it yourself, because your host may be less reliable than a top tier provider, but at least you have some control over it. At the very least, you should delegate a domain you control, such as your blog, as your identity URL, so you can switch providers if necessary. Here’s an (untested) Open ID delegation plugin for WordPress to make it even easier.

Links from around the web:
Blogger Beta Gets OpenID Support
Blogger Beta Ships OpenID
Google Testing OpenID With Blogger, May Offer OpenIDs To Users
New feature: OpenID commenting
Blogger + OpenID