ClaimID is a free and easy way to set yourself up with an OpenID .
Here at claimID, we realize that identity on the web is tricky, confusing and maybe even a little scary. It is our goal to make it completely painless for you to manage your online identity. Here's what we do:
- We provide you with an OpenID which you can use to log into thousands of sites such as Livejournal, Ma.gnolia and Technorati - without ever having to create a new account or remember another password.
- On your claimID page, you can create a profile of all the sites that comprise your identity. We even provide you with a simple and easy way to "claim" those pages - allowing you to easily prove ownership of things like your blog or Last.fm profile.
- We provide a whole bunch of other fun, useful services, widgets and APIs. For example, we'll let you know if an important page about you goes offline - and if it does go offline, we'll provide you a cache of the page so you never lose important materials.
- We enable your profile with Microformats such as hCard, giving you an easy way to take advantage of these new identity tools.
- We try and keep the language human. We understand that all these terms and formats may sound like technobabble, so we try hard to make it super easy for you to take advantage of these innovations - without ever having to think about the complexity that goes on behind the scenes.
One of the greatest things about having a claimID page is that you can easily provide people searching for you with a real picture of your identity. With claimID you can claim your blog, your website and news articles that mention your name into a central place. If someone is searching for you, they previously might not have found all of those important pages. With claimID, you can put your best face forward and let people see the identity you wish to present.
ClaimID was created by two doctoral students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science. We were inspired to help people simply and easily manage their online identity. Our goal is to help people be proactive about their identity by enabling them with the best tools, all the while keeping them super easy to use. We steadfastly respect your trust and privacy, and we will work hard to retain that trust should you choose to make claimID your OpenID provider.