One of the things I dislike about using social media is the need to constantly login – to my email, my wordpress account, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook [on the very rare occasions when I do] and the odd, ‘private’ blog or website. All of these logins require time and some effort on my part [what the heck was my password for Facebook again?] so wouldn’t it be nice if we could have one ID that was like a digital passport [and valid everywhere]?
Okay, I can hear the howls of outrage all the way across the world, but…but…isn’t it time we tamed the Wild Wild West? At least a little?
In my imagination I see something a bit like Paypal, except that it would be a paid service so we could sue if anything went wrong.
What I do not see is this identity being controlled by any government agency. It’s not that I’m such a great believer in corporate honesty, it’s more that I don’t believe in giving governments any more power than they already have.
So what do you think? Would a global ID be a deal with the Devil? Or could it be a way to rationalise our digital lives? [Discuss]
Digital cookies to the first, best dressed answer. 😀