User @ domain.tld as ID (Once again)

Mike Hearn mike at
Thu Nov 3 09:12:04 PST 2005

On Thu, 03 Nov 2005 15:39:48 +0000, Martin Atkins wrote:
> So you think having two kinds of identifier will be more intuitive than 
> standardising on one?
> "YADIS identities look a bit like email addresses, but they aren't 
> really email addresses. Also, sometimes they don't look like email 
> addresses at all."

I'd really hope the name "YADIS" doesn't actually escape into the wild,
OpenID is much better. 

Anyway, the whole point is that they *would* be email addresses. Sure,
maybe bob at happens to work even though it's not actually an
email address because LJ supports some hypothetical future spec but
doesn't give users email addresses. 

But I think, looking at the future, the vast majority of internet users
won't be getting their identity provided by a blog site, they'll be
getting them from their ISPs, from dedicated "identity hosts", from
Google, from the company they work for etc. And in virtually all these
cases they would also be email addresses too.

thanks -mike

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