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Yahoo to act as OpenID server

Infoworld reports this morning that Yahoo appears close to becoming an identity provider for OpenID.  This, of course, is the next step in a full implementation.  You can already use OpenID to log into Yahoo properties like Flickr, for instance.

I've been using OpenID as a single sign-on for a while, for sites that allow it, via the OpenID plug-in for WordPress.  It's a valuable and useful tool, hampered by the fact that there simply isn't enough support for it.  With additional support from Yahoo, it looks as if momentum might be shifting finally.

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  • devin c holloway January 9, 2008, 12:43 pm

    I like the concept, but there are a lot of ideas floating around – OpenID, FOAF, email as identifier, etc. – and at this point it seems difficult to pinpoint any clear winners, let alone make sense of it all :-)

    How do you see this playing out in the current data portability saga? Do you think other industry titans (i.e. Google, MS, etc.) will hop on board the OpenID bandwagon?

  • Alec January 9, 2008, 2:18 pm

    Some of them already are, Devin. http://openid.net/get/

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