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Beer And Blog – Scott Kveton On Implementing Openid On Your Blog: An Event Review

Beer And Blog – Scott Kveton On Implementing Openid On Your Blog

When: Friday, March 28, 2008, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, a place that had no sign sticking out of the building whatsoever (although it was both painted green and decorated with a dragon)—a sign which can inform prospective visitors and event participants who may have circled a block only fifty feet away from the bar for twenty full minutes and is now late to the event—but one that also boasts great atmosphere and a humbling, full-on brewery on the back, and a set of bathrooms wherein someone who had been drinking too much that evening may interpret the symbol in front of its door as an inverted exclamation mark.

What It’s About: so you’re a totally rad, cyber-savvy sleuth who had, like, two accounts each on MySpace, Facebook, Digg,, Ma.gnolia, Ning, Stumbleupon, Netvibes, Pageflakes, My Yahoo!, iGoogle, Microsoft Live, Alltop and IconBuffet (you fully know about the fact that this one doesn’t allow more than one identity per person, but you happen to be very, very good at concealing it, so what the hell.) So, two accounts: one for your collection of Truemors and The Onion kind of news and your more reserved side of personality, and one for everything under the sky that will make your significant other jealous.

And say you had just opened an online banking account, and the password’s gotta be different because hello, it’s your/your child’s entire play/college money that’s in there. But you can’t possibly create and be asked to remember another 16-digit randomized password. Your brain know this.

So what do you do? You open an OpenID (ironically registering and generating another set of password while doing so) so now you can log in on almost all of the sites I mentioned above simply by hitting “login with OpenID” and then entering something like “” or “” (where ‘MyOpenID’ and ‘Vidoop’ are the OpenID providers) in the box and clicking “allow” in the window that opens afterward. Doing this will then leave your brain with enough room to memorize that 16-digit combinations. Problem solved.

Bonus: imagine if I can shorten that URL even more—say, to “”—just by following a simple, ten-minute tutorial.

Technicality (on a scale of 1 to 5): ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: even though I didn’t understand all of the stuff that was presented (note: Scott Kveton, the presenter, was a Terminal beast who, by some kind of a divine grace, is connected to everyone that matters in the ’net,) I should had I host Link En Fuego myself. In other words, if you’re an active blogger working on WordPress, you should be able to understand it.

Interestingness (on a scale of 1 to 5): ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: Boy, is this a small town. I got to meet people who also went to the iPhone SDK event last monday, and will most likely meet again at the Startupalooza.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Two lines are all it takes. Yeah.


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