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OpenID And Reluctance

Since making my blog OpenID enabled (using Will Norris' wonderful WordPress OpenID+ plugin), I have been more on the lookout for OpenID-enabled sites. What has become the standard for me now, is if the site does not have OpenID capability, then I'm not interested in registering with the site. There are a few sites that I would love to get involved with, such as AideRSS, but won't because of the lack of an OpenID login. It's funny, as I have plenty of accounts with a number of different services and providers, but since learning about the wonderful ways of OpenID, I am just more reluctant to create an account on a site, if I can't use OpenID.

On the flip side, I am also on the lookout for sites that have OpenID built into their application. As such, I check out what the site is about, and if it is even semi-interesting, I'll create an account using my identity URI, and start going. Some services, such as Zooomr, have a ways to go still, but it's fun to discover these new and unheard of sites, all because I can login with just one account. Very nice.

Then I look at my existing accounts. I see some big name accounts that I hold, such as Google, Technorati, and Ubuntu. I see it as nothing but beneficial for these services to begin implementing OpenID. The code is open, and it is trivial to build the service on top of your existing framework. It does nothing but extend the possibility of increasing the potential number of users on your site.

Of course, I will continue to use and register for the services that are important to me, OpenID or not. Ultimately, I can't have my productivity hindered because of the lack of OpenID in some sites and services. I wouldn't expect anyone else to hinder their productivity. However, if you're a provider of some service, and you're hoping to increase your user base, may I suggest spending one day getting OpenID into your application? Chances are good, that you'll see a surge in registered users and a need to use your service. I could become one such potential user.

{ 8 } Comments

  1. Askrates using Firefox 2.0.0.5 on Ubuntu | July 28, 2007 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Hey Aaron, your OpenID link points to openid.com - an altogethet fishy site. Sure you don't mean openid.org? ;)

  2. Aaron using Firefox 2.0.0.5 on Ubuntu | July 28, 2007 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    @Askrates- Nope. I meant openid.net. Simple typo now fixed. Thanks.

  3. Mikkel H√łgh using Firefox 2.0.0.5 on Ubuntu | July 28, 2007 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Great that you've gotten OpenID - I hope it'll make it into WordPress core soon...

  4. Anonymous using Firefox 2.0.0.5 on Mac OS | July 28, 2007 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I second that :-)
    I'm collecting a list of OpenID enabled sites here: http://del.icio.us/delegatevoid/openidenabled

    I really Pibb, I like to call it IRC 2.0 and it's OpenID only :)

    The blog system I'm implementing in
    ASP.NET 2.0 has been built to support OpenID from the grounds up and it adds visitors who authenticate with OpenID to the blogroll automatically.

    We use a lot of Google services within the company and it would indeed be nice if they started supporting OpenID, even if only as an addition to your existing account.

  5. Delegate Void using Firefox 2.0.0.5 on Mac OS | July 28, 2007 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Hmm,
    that's odd, my previous reply comes up as anonymous ?

  6. Juha Siltala using Firefox 2.0.0.5 on Ubuntu | July 28, 2007 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the pointer to the plugin, my blog's comments are now OpenID enabled as well! :)

  7. Alperen Y. Aybar using Firefox 2.0.0.4 on Windows XP | July 29, 2007 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Firefox 3.0 has a built-in OpenID support. The future is OpenID =)

  8. Delegate Void using Firefox 2.0.0.6 on Mac OS | August 2, 2007 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I'm still wondering what that built-in OpenID support is actually? Any ideas on that?

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