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Breaking the identity stalemate

Sometimes wishes to come true.  It was only a few days ago that I posted a rant about Yahoo’s decision to impose Yahoo ID’s on Flickr account holders.  And I was just one of the many voices in the blogosphere raised against Yahoo’s decision.  Anyway, it kept Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield busy for a few days as he made the rounds from blog to blog to explain Yahoo’s decision.

It seems that we collectively want to control our identities.

Moreover, it seems that a lot of people want to use OpenID to do so. 

After Stewart’s comment, I asked

Hey Stewart,

Thanks for dropping by and sharing this information. It’s very much appreciated.

Tell me, do you see the possibility that Yahoo might choose to step outside the current ID detente, and offer an open ID platform? Whoever does this first will break the stalemate.

I didn’t expect to hear back from Stewart.  And a week later, I sure didn’t expect that Microsoft would be the company to break the stalemate.  Shocking, but great news.  Now I wonder if AOL, Google and Yahoo will follow suit.

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