It's now available for download for all Flock users who have upgraded to Flock 2.0. For MySpace, which initially announced its support for OpenID back in July, this is also a push for Data Availability, a universal-login project that the social network announced in May but has since only rolled out with a few partners.
On Wednesday Google formally announced its support as a provider for the OpenID 2.0 protocol, offering some site owners a way to let users log-in and register for new accounts using existing Google account information. More importantly, Google will be letting these same users manage all their linked account information in one central location.
This new log-in offering is not available to all site owners just yet. Google has set up a sign-up form where developers can apply with their URL and OpenID identification to get access. Plaxo and Zoho are two of the first sites to already have … Read more
I've stopped accepting requests to join new social networks. I can barely keep up with one, much less 10. More to the point, I don't want to have silo'd data repositories. It's this last point that keeps me grounded in e-mail.
Sure, we now have OpenID to provide a central clearing house for identity online, but what I really want is to be able to send a Facebook message and have it show up in my e-mail, or somewhere central that I routinely use. I've come to accept that my IM client will be separate … Read more
MySpace today is announcing support for the OpenID identify platform. This means users of services that let you log in to them with OpenID will be able to use their MySpace credentials for the login. As TechCrunch pointed out, though, this appears to be a "land grab for user identities," since MySpace isn't allowing users to log in to MySpace with an OpenID account from another identity provider.
Jim Benedetto, MySpace VP Technology, says that he is not opposed to letting users login to MySpace from other OpenID parties. The current initiative, he says, "is step … Read more
Online-productivity suite Zoho announced on Wednesday that it now accepts Google and Yahoo logins. An executive from Zoho parent company AdventNet announced last month that Google login compatibility was on the way.
"For Google and Yahoo users who are curious about Zoho but don't want to set up another account, we've removed that hurdle," Zoho 'evangelist' Raju Vegsna said in a release Wednesday. "Users don't have to create a Zoho account to use Zoho applications. We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to try our online apps."
In addition … Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Maybe it was because Google preaching to the social-networking choir, or maybe it was the toasty campfires and hot cocoa, but demonstrations of Google's new Friend Connect service seemed generally well received Monday night.
Google executives showed off the technology, a Google-hosted application that designed to let Web site coders easily add social features to their sites, at the company's third Campfire One event at the company's headquarters here. Previous debuts at the events were of two other significant developer-oriented software technologies, OpenSocial and App Engine.
Program manager Mussie Shore gave the central demonstration … Read more
On Monday, JanRain, which makes the clever multi-service OpenID login box, OpenID Selector, is expected to announce a security improvement for its own MyOpenID service. The new system, CallVerifID, uses your mobile phone to perform an extra security measure before it will authenticate you on its service. It works like this: When you want to authenticate a site using MyOpenID, first you sign on as usual, with your user ID and password. Then the service calls your phone at the number you've given it. All you have to do is pick up the phone and press # to confirm. If … Read more
A great many open-source projects and companies have started on SourceForge.net. There's currently about 176,000 registered projects and 1.8 million registered users. Sure, not all of them are active or essential software, but if you want to build an open-source project, it can be a great place to get up and going. You may not go to SourceForge directly very often, but if you download open-source software, it's often sitting on SourceForge servers.
If there's been one knock against them, it's that their infrastructure is just average, not the latest-greatest. That may be … Read more
OpenID was created to solve one of the Web's biggest annoyances: log-ins. You've already got a verified identity on one site, so why do you need one for every place you visit? With OpenID, site owners can simply built it into their Web apps and services, letting you use your verified credentials from one site in place of having to sign up for yet another log-in.
The hope of OpenID is that it becomes a standard and universal system across every site, letting new sites spring up and have users more comfortable with signing up with less hassle. … Read more
Webware has been covering the Web authentication standard OpenID since September 2006. It's a powerful alternative to traditional name-and-password Web access control, but it's so completely different from the sign-on methods that people are accustomed to that it remains still unknown to the majority of Web users.
This is changing. Major companies such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google are on the OpenID standards committee. AOL and Yahoo, in fact, already act as OpenID "authentication providers;" if you have a login on either of these networks, you have an OpenID.
But the concepts of OpenID are … Read more