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Technorati Tackles “Blog Claiming”

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Technorati has introducing “blog claiming,” which “enables a blog author to associate their identity with their blog.” This move has earned a smattering applause from blogosphere, although a number of people seem in “watch-and-wait” mode.

Ian Kallen, who holds the rank of “architect” at Technorati, explained the blog search engine’s latest feature. “We’ve added another way for authors to claim their blogs using OpenID,” he wrote. “And if you’re using an OpenID enabled blogging platform, it’s easy-like-Sunday-morning easy.”

While the colorful language is much appreciated, Techcrunch’s Marshall Kirkpatrick offered a more specific explanation. “Open ID provides one URL you can use to identify yourself at all participating sites around the web. You can handle the logistics yourself or you can pay any number of different vendors to register your ID and resolve requests for information about you.”

In essence OpenID should “make our lives easier, our data more secure and help users avoid closed silos from big vendors throwing their weight around unfairly,” according to Kirkpatrick, who also noted that “ongoing and meaningful support for the standard by Technorati is a big deal.”

Public response to the OpenID announcement was rather varied. “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,” posted Michael Arrington of Crunchnotes. Other Techcrunch readers seemed equally unimpressed, and some were just confused.

Scott Kveton gave a comparatively enthusiastic reply. “OpenID not only is the best option today, it has the best chance of solving the problem from the perspective of the users,” he wrote. “To me this is identity the open source way; grass-roots, bottoms up, light-weight, etc. I applaud Technorati for helping lead the way on this.”

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