January 3, 2008 |
At the time of this writing there are an estimated 93 million OpenID owners out there, a lot of them not knowing where to use their OpenID, how to use it, or even not knowing that they own an OpenID at all.
That said, the most ambitious goal for 2008 should be converting these OpenID owners into OpenID users.
To accomplish this goal Carsten Poetter and Thomas Huhn have launched Spread OpenID today, a non-profit weblog dedicated to supporting users in finding ‘their’ provider (which can also mean finding out that they have one already) and understanding what the differences between the providers are.
The goal of Spread OpenID is to complement the official OpenID.net site with content that cannot be found there (at least not presented in the same way). The intended audience is the average internet user.
At this time the key feature of the site is an OpenID provider comparison that is built on a survey among a number of well known providers.
Spread OpenID starts with a good number of well known providers and will add more providers to the comparison chart in an ongoing process.
If you’re missing a provider on the list, just propose it to admin [@] spreadopenid [.] org.
Spread OpenID is thankful for every link love it can get, esp. from sites accepting OpenID logins and looking for a way to provide their users with an easy way to find ‘their’ OpenID provider.