Interesting bit of news today from TechCrunch, there’s a new service called FreeYourID.com which appears to be part domain registrar, part hosting service. They provide you with a domain name, email, web hosting, and even OpenID integration–the true pieces of an online identity. These guys GET it. From the site:
Welcome to the service that is likely to do as much for your identity online as your birth certificate has done "offline".
Right on, preach it! This is almost EXACTLY what I had in mind with my post on personal servers, describing a service I want to start called "atmy.name". I also noticed they integrate with OpenID. I’m still not a big fan of OpenID, but if ever there was a perfect use for it, it’s here. I still think it’s too cumbersome to ever get mainstream acceptance, but we’ll see, something like this could actually give it legs.
Now, I’m not sure how viable this is as a paid business, I just don’t think the average person cares enough about this–yet–to pay for their own domain name. I’m more inclined to provide this as a free service that sits on top of OPTIONAL paid hosting and services. Even though I’m not too sure about their business model, I think the concept nails it, I’m glad to see more people thinking in this direction.