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Facebook Connect

Facebook is building its strategy on this simple concept: wherever I go, there I am. The scattered, fragmented identity that many people have online (a profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, etc.) is a real challenge to manage. Just this past week, I discovered my Educause profile was still listing University of Manitoba as my employer, rather than TEKRI at Athabasca University. Not a big issue…except that an upcoming conference (where I’m presenting) drew information about speakers from the Educause site for its paper-based brochure. I’m sure other sites still list Red River College as my employer. I have no idea where I have posted profiles. Wouldn’t it be easier to manage an online identity if all this “stuff” was in one place? Enter Facebook Connect. Instead of creating a profile with each new service, one set login tied to your facebook profile, makes life simpler. FB Connect is now common on numerous news sites, social media services, and now, even MySpace. The numbers are impressive: “Today, Facebook says 80,000 websites have added Facebook Connect, and 60 million Facebook users engage with Facebook connect on these third party websites each month.”
Basically, facebook wants to own my online identity. Unfortunately, facebook is the online service that I trust least.

3 Comments

  1. P. Murphy wrote:

    How come you trust Facebook the least?

    Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  2. I’d MUCH rather have an extended OpenID system, so that I could host my own identity and add attributes as needed, granting access to bits and pieces to those who need it (and who I approve to have the access).

    The idea of handing my identity over to Facebook makes my skin crawl.

    Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
  3. Gerry wrote:

    I am with D’Arcy on that. Maybe a FOAF (don’t hear much about it any more) type service for identity.

    Monday, January 18, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink