OpenID Credibility: Harry and Bess Truman
By identity on Jun 12, 2007
I visited MyOpenID.com and was issued an identifier for Harry Truman: http://harrytruman.openid.com. No validation, no verification of Harry's real Identity. I just plugged in President Harry Truman's birthday and home town. I did use my own personal email address, but it wasn't even validated at the time.
These claims didn't generate much interest. Both visitors agreed that the buck stopped with Harry, but neither thought Harry loved Bess.
The real point has nothing to how much Harry Truman loved his wife. It just illustrates that with current infrastructure at least, OpenID identifiers lack much market credibility. Neither MyOpenID.com or Sxipper.com knew who I was when they issued me a personal identifier. At least OpenID.Sun.com validated that I held current valid Sun login credentials.
A relying party site would still need to independently validate my email address or my ability to pay for something. Perhaps this makes a good case that identity providers need to be enterprises where users have already established trusting relationships (e.g. banks, credit card companies, telephone service providers). They could actually vouch for commerce worthiness and actual identity.
They would probably even know that Harry Truman has been dead for 34 years