Want to deeply understand how OpenID would make our lives better on social networks? Check out this piece by Dare Obasanjo, a program manager within Windows Live. But be prepared to be jolted. According to Dare, there is indeed a promised land, but we won't be allowed into it.
Dare is responding to Wired's Slap in the Facebook: It's Time for Social Networks to Open Up. He talks about the common-sense economics of identity, then asks why “there seem to be more OpenID providers than there are consumers”, concluding:
Why would Facebook implement a feature that reduced their user growth via network effects? Why would MySpace make it easy for sites to extract user profile information from their service? Because openness is great? Yeahâ€¦right.
Openness isnâ€™t why Facebook is currently being valued at $6 Billion…
Dare's explanation of how the big web properties see things is spot on. But are they right?