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21 March 2004

Just enough ID

Six Apart's TypeKey seems to be a suitably light (and ethical) identity solution for the blogosphere:

TypeKey is a free, open system providing a central identity that anyone can use to log in and post comments on blogs and other web sites.

Why should I use TypeKey?

TypeKey helps ensure that people who comment on a site have a verified identity, keeping conversations on track and helping to prevent abusive or offensive content (comment spam) from being posted. Sites that enable TypeKey have better accountability for the content that's being published.

As a TypeKey user, you get your own free TypeKey Profile Page, displaying only the information you choose to share. Those who are interested in finding out more about the person behind the comments on a site can visit the identity page to see what information is publicly available. You can even publish a TypeKey Profile Page while remaining completely anonymous.

You share only the information you choose to ("You can even publish a TypeKey Profile Page while remaining completely anonymous"), it's free, and Six Apart won't share your details without your permission. While seeking to tackle comment spam, this service is also a great opportunity for commenters who don't have a blog or personal site of their own to take some ownership of their online identity and make themselves known to the blogs they read and comment on. A wonderfully sociable solution.

Showing similar restraint is Maciej Cegłowski and Joshua Schachter's LOAF (via Many-to-Many):

LOAF creates and maintains a database of all your correspondents, defined as people to whom you have sent email at least once...

When you receive an email from an address you have not previously written to, LOAF checks to see if the email address is known to any of your existing correspondents. This essentially sorts incoming email into three categories:

Mail from complete strangers
These are people whom you do not know, and who are also unknown to your correspondents.

Mail from partial strangers
These are people you have never sent email to, but who have gotten email from at least one of your own correspondents. This email may deserve more attention, since at least one of your correspondents took the time to write back to the person.

Mail from people you know
This last category consists of people whom you have written to before. Presumably this is email you're most interested in, unless it's another forward from your mom.

Mail [from partial strangers] can be further classified by counting how many correspondents you and the sender have in common.

I haven't played with either yet but hope they're as good as they sound.

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