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IDEA #65 – Universal Login that verifies/ties your Digg, MySpace, FB, etc Accounts together

Another submission to Startup Weekend in Toronto…

Universal Login that verifies/ties your Digg, MySpace, Facebook, etc Accounts together
Contributor: Steve Poland

I know there’s OpenID, and quite frankly I don’t know enough about it. And not all websites are embracing it anyhow, so it’s not the solution at the moment. I think there should be a company that will tie all your various accounts together and just verify that for other websites (Rapleaf attempted this with eBay users, but eBay retaliated, considering eBay’s most important data is their community, users, and the ratings those users have built up) — so that all the websites can share data on a user, if the user allows them to. So I’m not talking about some website where “you’re going to see all your latest myspace/facebook/digg messages or blah blah blah”, but I’m simply talking about a website where you setup an account, then we’ll verify that your username on digg is spirkster, and your MySpace URL is http://www.myspace.com/stevepoland, and your Facebook profile is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789940310, and your Last.fm profile is http://www.last.fm/user/spirkster/, etc etc etc. We’d have an API, so that apps could tap into this and verify a user easily — and then apps could even open up various data of their own to other applications to incorporate on a user that the other app already verified.

Revenue: unsure; maybe our website has a webpage for each of our users and has some advertising on it? Maybe we try to become a MyBlogLog, but each site embeds a widget and it’ll display that user’s profile info for that specific app that they are on?

Any value in this idea?

Update: Is this what I’m talking about — http://claimid.com

  • http://blog.jparkhill.com Jay Parkhill

    Yes! Matt Mullenweg wants the same thing, per his interview on wallstrip. http://blog.jparkhill.com/2007/08/14/matt-mullenweg-wants-a-social-network-dashboard-too/

    Jay

  • http://www.vestedventures.com Steve Poland

    Is http://www.claimid.com the answer??? It’s bedtime, so I’m too lazy to sign up at the moment.

  • http://www.vestedventures.com Steve Poland

    Ah right, Google just hired Matt to go with his vision I believe. So maybe we will see this at some point…

  • http://www.musmo.com KwangErn

    Interesting stuff on claimID.

    Not sure if it’s the subsequent revenue or the cost of actually developing an extension in a particular system.

    I for one wouldn’t care about the revenue, as long as the system allows ease of entry, it’s a sure benefit!

  • http://blog.jparkhill.com Jay Parkhill

    Here’s another use for a “universal login”. I do almost all my blog reading by subscription through a feed reader. I’d like to be able to comment directly from the reader.