2008 got off with a bang! Looks like this will be the year for “data portability,” with users getting ownership of their identity and personal info, having control over who they share it with, and enjoying the freedom to take it with them wherever they go. All the things spelled out in the Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web.
Next up? Building momentum behind the open standards that will lay the foundation for the open social web. Chief among these: OpenID. There’s a relatively new version of the spec that is now “ready for prime time”. There’s great community work to flesh out interoperability with other standards (like OAuth) and testing of implementations. This weekend, SixApart hosted a roll-up-your-sleeves OpenIDDevCamp. Joseph Smarr of Plaxo has a great write-up. And here’s another one.