WordPress Plugin

December 6, 2009 by

Tonight I posted the first draft of our Quiltid plugin for WordPress.

The ZIP can be installed automatically through the Install Plugins dialog in the WordPress admin, or manually by uploading quiltid.php to your plugins directory and activating.

After activation, configure the widget with your Quiltid nickname, so it can find your links, and then add it to your sidebar.

Announcing Delegatid

February 5, 2008 by

Tonight we’re announcing Delegatid — a tool to simplify OpenID delegation.

It’s based on work I’ve been doing to enable OpenID delegation at quiltid and demonstrates how to derive the OpenID provider URL and local identifier without asking the user to provide them. If at this point you’re asking, “what’s a provider URL and local identifier?”, Delegatid is for you.

We’re hoping that this will encourage more people to set up OpenID on their blogs and other sites. We made it simple: just enter an existing OpenID and you’ll get back the code necessary to create another OpenID from any URL you control. Here’s an example.

And one more thing…

Since end-users aren’t the only ones we want working with OpenID, we’re also releasing the source code for Delegatid under the BSD license. It’s written in Python using the Django Web framework and requires Python OpenID 2.x.x and Pygments.

Updates after the Trial Weekend

January 17, 2008 by

This past Saturday and Sunday were the first days where we really tried to push knowledge of our site out to a significant audience. The results are encouraging in some ways, and the good news is we believe we learned a lot about tweaks we needed to make. We placed simple links to our quilts in various profiles and pages on student.com, myspace, getsatisfaction.com, facebook, and a quite a few other sites. We’ve actually seen a fair amount of traffic from these links. Unfortunately, we only got a few signins. After analyzing our Google Analytics (which, by the way, are amazing) and considering the quantity of signups, we concluded that the pages are a bit too cryptic in several areas. One area where this applies is in our outside links section, which looks similar to what I’ve copied below:

Our Quilt

AOL djangosites.org quiltid Satisfaction Twitter WordPress.com

powered by quiltid

There are 6 links encoded in our quilt at this point – represented by 6 favicons (one being a grey box because the site does not use a favicon). While the version here is not functional, on our site if you click on the first (AOL) favicon, the link will take you to http://profiles.aim.com/quiltid. We haven’t done much with this profile as yet, but we have it by virtue of the fact that we “own” the AIM ID quiltid. This is a “verify-able” link since AOL uses open id (if you “own” a URL, we encourage you to verify it on our site). The second favicon is DjangoSites – our site is implemented using Django and we’re pretty proud of that so we wanted the Django community to know we’re out there. The third is our link to our own site, which we also own – http://quiltid.quiltid.com and that’s our favicon. The next 3 are a bit more useful for purposes of this discussion. The fourth is a http://getsatisfaction.com/quiltid link and favicon for their site. This is the support forum we are using for our site. We believe in their premise as well as their promise, and we’re looking forward to a long working relationship with them. The next one is for twitter at http://twitter.com/quiltid. Joel, our lead developer (I prefer VP of Technology, but he prefers a bit more humility…) is using this to provide update bites. You can subscribe to an RSS feed for that and probably keep up with what’s going on development-wise with our site pretty well. The sixth is a link to this blog – https://quiltid.wordpress.com.

Unfortunately, if you are not familiar with what our site does/can do for you, then of course you wouldn’t know this (!). That’s one assumption that bit us. Our quiltid quilt tells you where (and who) we are on the web just like your quilt will when you build it on our site. What we did to fix this was to add some text immediately below our signin with openid link to provide you with links to this blog and our support forum. The next thing we realized is that there were people clicking through to the signin page, but when you got there, there was nothing to describe the openid process and what to do. We’ve added some descriptive text there that we hope will serve the purpose. One thing we haven’t noted that I want to make clear here is that when you sign in with openid for the first time, you are also creating your account, a verified link (by definition since you own that link or you couldn’t sign in with it), and you are adding your first favicon to your quilt.I won’t bore you any more this evening 😉 , but I would like to encourage you again to either comment on this blog or go to our support forum and ask us questions – we’re really quite anxious to have a dialog with you if it will help you use our site.

All the best!

Steve Watts, President

Watts Lab, Inc.

Hello world (from quiltid)!

January 14, 2008 by

Welcome to quiltid (we like to pronounce it kwil-ted, but it is up to you)!

We’re a new web site, so I thought some introductions would be in order. Thanks for your interest. Our tagline is “…a simple way for you to track and tell others where (and who) you are on the web…” We think this is pretty descriptive of what we do, and we’re anxious to earn your trust and respect.

When you’re ready, go to our site and sign in using OpenID. We help you through it – it is really simple. After you get signed in, start claiming other URL’s and watch your quilt grow. Watch out, though, because once you’ve been quiltid, you may experience an overwhelming (and perhaps unwise) urge to go out and sign up for a bunch of sites just to watch your quilt grow. 😉 Go ahead if it makes you feel good, but doing this is simply the “where” part of our tagline. That’s not necessarily the point of all this, though. We like to think that the more important part of the process is to pay attention to the “who” part of the tagline. We call our process “claiming” URL’s for a couple of reasons. The first is that it is an industry standard term. The second and more important reason is that you are telling the world that the claimed URL contains something that is about you, by you, controlled by you, or… We strongly recommend that one of the things you use your quilt for is a quick tracking system for your web presence. Browse your quilt occasionally, maintain the claimed URL’s, and make it a representation of your identity on the web – something that you are proud of and that says the things about you that you want to have said.

We are using getsatisfaction.com/quiltid as our support forum. If you have questions about how to do something, have trouble with the site or a feature, or just want to discuss something with us, please go to this site and ask away. We’re watching over this site pretty carefully, so you should get an answer fairly quickly.Once you’ve got your identity to the point where you are ready to share it via your quilt, you can share it in a wide variety of ways. The simplest is to provide a link – <you>.quiltid.com – to your quilt on our site. We’re also working on widgets that you can use to display your quilt on your own pages. We have a few done and we talk about them on our page. When we get more done, we’ll make those available as well. You can also create your own widgets to display your quilt any way you want (and can) on your sites. This is a rather deep topic, so we’ll be talking a lot more about it here and on Get Satisfaction.

Please keep in mind that:

  • Our service is free
  • Our service is open and if you decide to leave you can take your information with you
  • You are not currently entering any information on our site that you intend to be private information
  • We are setting out to make fun and useful tools for you
  • We’re just getting starting with quiltid, and we hope you will too!!!!

All the best to you and happy quilting!

Steve Watts, President

Watts Lab, Inc.