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Lately OpenID has been hitting the front page of digg, del.icio.us, and many other large websites. People have been talking about OpenID quite a bit, in the last few weeks, and there are many out there, who don't even know what OpenID is or what it's about. So I'm here to tell you what it is, and why it's so big.

While startups have been popping up left and right, for over a year now, most of the startups create their own user system. Which means that on almost every cool new startup's site, you have to create, and manage a new account. OpenID is a decentralized identity system, which allows you to create one single account, and use it all across the web.

So what do I mean when I say 'decentralized identity'? Basically, you can host your identity on any server that you choose, whether you put up your own or use alternatives, like myopenid.com. This means that if you want to keep your information away from individual websites, you can use your OpenID account and login safely without giving your information away.

This is one of two reasons, why OpenID is booming, right now. Not only does it keep a lot of your information safe, it also makes being a big time web service user much easier to manage. As I mentioned before, you only have to manage your one account, and you're all set.



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