The Phone, It Reifies Me
There is and always has been a dialog between what you use to form a digital identity and what you use to maintain and express that identity. This difference – utility and formation essentially – are the two destinations when setting out to make anything that is “social” through software.
From the outset of connected computing, services and technologies have divided themselves between these two areas. Some aimed to form a home for identities; a root as it were. AOL, Compuserve, MySpace, Facebook, even .plan files tried to serve this purpose.
And others were tools for those identities. Some provided video, audio, photo hosting. They were utilities for specific aspects of the identities.
OpenID and later OAuth (as mostly pushed through by Facebook), let the homes for identities extend themselves through the utilities. You could use Facebook Connect to bootstrap...
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