ClaimID offers a convenient way to manage an online identification across numerous websites and applications. ClaimID works with Open ID. The user can compile all of their accounts into one easy log in. As long as the user has their ClaimID username and password, they can access many other accounts such as Live Journal and Technorati. Any Live ID enabled website is compatible with ClaimID. The application also helps users claim ownership over their profiles. The user will also receive a notification if one of their profiles is taken offline. A page tracker is available that lets the user monitor their personal link cache, which is ideal for storing dynamic content that is sometimes hard to return to later. ClaimID users can also access a reference copy of their profile, blog widgets, microformats and the API. ClaimID integrates with the user’s website or blog.
ClaimID.com was launched in the year 2006 and it was a combined effort of Terrell Russell and Fred Stutzman, the two students of Ph.D. of UNC Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Sciences. It is a privately held company.
The basic concept behind ClaimID is not terribly unique, but it does have something to offer to the user. The application stands out by providing a handful of attractive features, such as blog widgets and additional identity related tools. The application also monitors the status of the user’s profiles and sends a notification should one go offline for any reason.
The ClaimID website has a clean, organized feel to it complemented by the personality of a green and grey color scheme. The site seems to cater to both professionals and individuals with its tidy layout and easy to use tools. A handful of links in the lower, right hand corner help the user learn more about the application and access all related policies.
New users can log in to ClaimID with their Open ID credentials. It only seems natural that this would be a requirement to access the application. ClaimID is based entirely on the user’s Open ID account, so this is integral to the function of the application. To sign in, the user must enter their login name in the field provided along the right hand side of the homepage. Just below, the user can find a field for their password. After providing the information, the user can click the black and grey “Log in to ClaimID” button just below the form.
The cost of ClaimID is another appealing feature included with the application. Anyone can access their ClaimID account for free. There are no subscription fees or other costs associated with using the application. This is a good thing since the user’s other profiles are generally free to use.
ClaimID could be interesting for anyone who uses Open ID. It is especially valuable to anyone who finds that they have numerous profiles to manage and too many passwords to record and keep track of. The application reduces it all to one password and username that gives the user access to all of their online profiles.