re the first ones to admit it, when we designed ClaimID, we expressly stayed away from making it a social networking product. Why? It didn t make sense – ClaimID is about you. But over time, we realized that just like your links and OpenIDs make up your online identity, so do your friends and contacts. Identity is social, and there s really no way to avoid that. So this morning, we re introducing a very lightweight feature that enables you to add contacts in ClaimID.
So we thought long and hard about this, and we realized that OpenID provided us a solution. As a result, we
ve made our new contacts feature OpenID-based. This means that you can add contacts directly in the service, or you can add OpenID contacts. If your boss doesn t have a ClaimID, but her blog is an OpenID, she can still be your contact in ClaimID. Why hasn t the internet been like this all along?