While I have eschewed much geekery in the vain attempt to convince you that I am really a rock star (and, thus, somewhat cool), there are things that make my nerdy little heart go thumpety-thump-thump (or pitter-patter pitter-patter, depending on the amount of caffeine I’ve ingested). Identity Commons is one of them.
In a nutshell, Identity Commons is a grassroots movement to provide a universal private address for all your transactions in both cyberspace and the “real” world. Your i-Name is yours forever and can be used as your unique identifier in all sorts of ways.
For example, since your phone number, address and other contact information is stored with your i-name at your i-broker, you can tell them to automatically notify all of your contacts when something changes. And since the only way someone can e-mail you is to be authenticated through a “contact link”. All anyone knows is your i-name, not your e-mail address. In order for them to send you something, they have to tell you who they are. You can even require them to use their i-name in the contact form. No more spam!
For bloggers, I can see an i-broker account being used to automatically allow/deny comments, too. You won’t have to force your friends to sign up for your blog. Once they’re in your address book, they can be given the green light to post. And it won’t even matter if you change URL’s every six months.
Calm down, Beavis. They’re just getting started. A lot of these portals and nifty features aren’t built yet. The price of admission is $25, and it’s Christmas. So, it ain’t happening for me today. But I’m registering =solonor as my i-name, as soon as possible.
[ via slashdot ]