Last week we rolled out contacts here at claimID. We acted on the reality that part of our identity is defined by who we each know and who vouches for us.
We also decided that to play by the open standards we’re talking about so much here, we would implement on top of OpenID. So our entire contacts structure is built with OpenID as authentication – this makes your contacts more portable (and discoverable) from site to site – once other sites come online with the same philosophy.
One thing we launched without last week was the ability to invite those not already part of claimID to be a contact. We had the other two scenarios covered:
- contact request from claimID user -> to claimID user
- contact request from external OpenID user -> to claimID user
Today, we’re adding the ability to send a contact request to those outside of claimID.
- contact request from claimID user -> to email address
If they can authenticate with an OpenID, they become your contact. If they also sign up for a claimID account with that OpenID (or add it to an existing claimID account), your connection with them will become part of their new account.
You should see a link to ‘Add external contacts’ on both the contacts management page within your account as well as your own public-facing contacts page.
As always, let us know if you find anything to improve.