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Feb. 12th, 2007 | 11:01 am

While sitting at the Vancouver PHP Conference listening to an OpenID talk fallenpegasus asks "Why aren't there vCards URL's from MyOpenID site?"

Bigger question, why don't all OpenID sites have vCard output on the user's ID?

Only Linkedin has vCard done right at the moment, and they aren't yet OpenID aware.

For OpenID there should be a standard URL method for acquiring a vCard on anyone. The ID for authentication is just one piece of the pie, we need the ability to exchange ID information to external services.

Syndicate people, syndicate.

Update: And Mark did find one site that is doing that, http://videntity.org/ which is pretty cool, but this is just one site. We need all sites to do this.

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MyOpenID supports hCard ...

from: kveton
date: Feb. 13th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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Its just that users don't have it enabled by default. The work that videntity is doing is great. However, why stop there? Why not syndicate your social networks too (via XFN)? Why not your free/busy information (via iCal)? The possibilities are endless once you have a URL as an end-point and you hook it to other formats.

- Scott

PS - Brian, you should enable OpenID comments! :-)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: MyOpenID supports hCard ...

from: krow
date: Feb. 13th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
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I believe I have to enable "anonymous" comments to make OpenID comments work on Livejournal... which I do not want to do.

iCal and busy/free would be awesome to have in a universal method, but when I look at OpenID I see vCard where I don't see iCal (though I see a URL to a public iCal). vCard is about "who", and that fits in nicely with Open Identity.

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Re: MyOpenID supports hCard ...

from: kveton
date: Feb. 13th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
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I believe I have to enable "anonymous" comments to make OpenID comments work on Livejournal... which I do not want to do.


Ahhh, gotcha. Bummer.

iCal and busy/free would be awesome to have in a universal method, but when I look at OpenID I see vCard where I don't see iCal (though I see a URL to a public iCal). vCard is about "who", and that fits in nicely with Open Identity.

I'm just thinking any bit of information about yourself that you might want to share publicly. hCard is a great start but links off to my free/busy and social networks would be fantastic. Anyhoo ... preachin' to the choir mostly here ... :-)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: MyOpenID supports hCard ...

from: krow
date: Feb. 13th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
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I was hoping Brad noticed the comment and was inspired to hack ;)

The problem with hCard is that it is XML... I could write a converter but I think websites should just do it themselves. Of course it would be nice if my Treo and Apple's Addressbook just supported it!

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Re: MyOpenID supports hCard ...

from: kveton
date: Feb. 13th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
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Huh? hCards are html. No fancy XML there.

Also, have you checked out:

http://technorati.com/contacts/

on your Mac? Try going to http://technorati.com/contacts/factoryjoe.com/hcard.html ... very cool stuff ... now, if only there were some applications that could take advantage of this! :-)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: MyOpenID supports hCard ...

from: krow
date: Feb. 13th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
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For some reason I thought they were XML. Neat hack by Technorati.

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