I’m someone that is eager to try out the latest Web 2.0 tools, be it Twitter, Powcne, Jaiku, etc. One of my frustrations is that I have to essentially start over every time I create an account on one of these things. I have to enter the same profile information over and over, and, more importantly, I have to recreate my network on every one of these sites.

It gets old quick and is one of the reasons I personally haven’t embraced social networking to the extent others have. I just don’t have the energy to maintain presences on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, etc.

Tony Macdonnell feels my pain and suggests creating a portable “friends” system using OpenID. Here is the gist of it:

I’d love to see OpenID be able to support some kind of “Friend Confirmation” system that would allow me to submit my OpenID to a social network like Pownce (which I am currently going though the “Friend Finding Headache” with), and have it automatically add all my friends that are members of that application. It would be amazing if applications could also add new friends of mine back to my OpenID as well. With this I could traverse all the brilliant applications in the Web 2.0 world taking all my friends along for the ride with me.

I’m not sure this is the exact right solution, but it is certainly on the right track. It is time for your friend’s list to be made portable.

About the Author
Todd Zeigler
Todd Zeigler serves as the Brick Factory’s chief strategist and oversees the operations of the firm. In his sixteen year career in digital, he has planned and implemented campaigns for clients including the Pickens Plan, International Youth Foundation, Panthera, Edison Electric Institute, and the American Chemistry Council. Todd develops ambitious online advocacy programs, manages crises, implements online marketing strategies, and develops custom applications and software. He is bad at golf though.