Your OpenID Provider

by Christopher Paul on August 27, 2008

I’ve been using a hack to publish my posts to Twitter. Everyone else uses TwitterFeed. So I figured I’d try it and see what it was like. Well, I didn’t even get to test out the service because it requires an OpenID login – which I do not have.

I’ve been hesitant to get an OpenID simply because I don’t want to be tethered to a single provider. I’ve been burned by that in the past and I’m very leery about trusting providers when, with everything about OpenID being so new, I don’t know anything about them. So what does anyone do in this situation?

Roll you own OpenID server, of course!!!

Thankfully, someone else took care of most of the work. I’m going to try phpMyID and tie it to another domain of mine. Not sure if this will work – or if its the right choice – but I don’t want to limit myself to one provider.

The bis question I have is what happens if I want to switch providers? Is the OpenID I create the only OpenID I can have? And has anyone successfully rolled their own OpenID server?

if anyone out there knows of a good OpenID provider (or bad one for that matter) or has had successes installing their own, I’d love to hear from you!

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