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February 17, 2007

OpenID going mainstream?

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OpenID has been getting quite some attention lately, the most massive news I have heard so far however is that AOL has created an openid server with all AIM/AOL accounts. This means that suddenly 63 million accounts have an usable openid url. OpenID is great for online identity management, being able to leave blog or forum posts without having to deal with irritating registration procedures…

It’s not really a secret that AOL has been experimenting with OpenID. As I’ve said, I think that user-centric, interoperable identity is hugely important to enable the social experiences we’re trying to provide.  This is a work in progress, but things are coming along thanks to our authentication team’s diligent effort.  Here’s where we are today:

  • Every AOL/AIM user now has at least one OpenID URI,<sn>.
  • This experimental OpenID 1.1 Provider service is available now and we are conducting compatibility tests.
  • We’re working with OpenID relying parties to resolve compatibility issues.
  • Our blogging platform has enabled basic OpenID 1.1 in beta, so every beta blog URI is also a basic OpenID identifier.  (No Yadis yet.)
  • We don’t yet accept OpenID identities within our products as a relying party, but we’re actively working on it.  That roll-out is likely to be gradual.
  • We are tracking the OpenID 2.0 standardization effort and plan to support it after it becomes final.

Hopefully more companies/products will pick up on this and start offering openid services, it would be a means to remove us from the shackles of ever lasting login procedures and registration annoyances…

Zarro Taags!

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