By identity on May 15, 2009
"Part of the guiding force here is that we think that regardless of the inner mechanism (a federated identity, a simple username and password, or something else), in the end the action of logging in is essentially the same. Therefore, as the browser we should try to provide a similar experience, regardless of the method being used. As the user’s agent we should also strive to act on the user’s behalf when possible, and we believe this is one of those cases."The comments to Dan's post were also thought-provoking. They ranged from
"This is just super-cool and something that \*everyone\* has been waiting for unknowingly. I don’t know why it hasn’t already been done!"to
"I’m sorry guys, but I have to strongly disagree with your entire approach here."What excites me about what happened here is more than just another cool experiment and demo. Rather than just talk about it, some enterprising folks tackled a real-life problem, formulated an interesting idea, made a quick prototype, put it out for everyone to see, and invited discussion around this visible strawman. The next prototypes will get better and better. Real progress has been made and will continue. This is a bright example of what I like to call "synergistic creativity."
Way to go, guys!
P.S. I used to think I coined the term "synergistic creativity," but found that Dean Patrick R. Dugan of Ohio State University beat me to the punch. I still like the concept!
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