OpenID on Google, AOL, Yahoo not really OpenID
As a supporter and user of OpenID, I have a hard time explaining how Google, Yahoo, AOL and other "openID providers" are really involved.
A search of their sites does not reveal any useful explanation. They're merely using their login procedures as an OpenID token. Their login boxes don't look, act, feel, or represent the user--they represent the company (Goog, AOL, etc.) Those sites are not promoting OpenID in any clear way.
People want to use existing accounts, but these companies are creating tremendous confusion by hiding. What's up with that?
Biplab Das commented
I want open id in yahoo.because it is my hope.
huzzer al azhar commented
I cant sign in to google or some of these other big companies with an OpenID.
It makes it impossible to have just one ID.
AdminChris Messina (Admin, OpenID) commented
A couple responses... You should take a look at the "Identity in the Browser" project:
It leaves a lot to be desired, but it's an effort to get OpenID into the browser.
Second, that the browser "knows about all your accounts" is a large part of why I thought Flock should be a browser and not a bunch of extensions. The browser is in the perfect place to act as the user's agent!
Lastly, about RSS... it took a lot more than just a browser button -- you had to convince publishers to actually support the format! That's the hard part -- similar to getting more sites to support signing in with OpenID. We're working on it — and having folks like you out there able to tell the story of OpenID and explain its benefits is critical to our success.
I just want to make one more point, if I may :)
When giving the browser the ability to log-in to openID web sites, you benefit from the fact that the browser already knows what sites you're regularly signing in to, so it can recommend you from your already existing openID accounts. over time - forming one constant identity, or giving you the choice of creating different ones (for work, friends, or self)
And back to the original topic from Mr. Anonymous (ironic isn't it?), I also think that besides branding their own openIDs, large companies will eventually have to settle, and giving the option to sign to their own site using openIDs! well, I just might missed an entire chapter in economics by suggesting that but at least it seems right!
Well, I'm just reading your post "Portable Profiles & Preferences on the Citizen-Centric Web".... so I guess you did not miss 1Password.
I Imagine this openID browser "button", as something between the RSS button, which "reveals" an underlying data thats build in the site (in this case, the log-in procedure) and also some kind of a cookie, that it stores a bit of information on you, but maybe be only for a set period of time, your own computer you might want to keep it forever, but for family computer, it clears out between sessions or between different sites. I'm just speculating.... I'm describing what I want from a user point of view, I guess the work needed to accomplish such thing is huge.
Its true that large companies can/should inform regular internet users about the benefits of openID through tooltips, help screens, or any other method, (of course, they will do that only when the technology underneath will materialize and have clear benefits). What I really think should happen is that if by case studying RSS, an idea that is "net wide", a standard on the entire web, it only gained its popularity when it was recognized by the web browsers developers: Microsoft and Mozilla. what did they really had to add? a simple button. because of its broad reach and applications, RSS had to be thought as if built-in to the browser so the user will have a good concept of how they are "taking" the news "out" of the web page they are viewing. In my own opinion, openID needs the same treatment . I think a good practice will be a browser integrated component (certainly helping the "trust" factor), it will hold only the key details it needs to make the magic happen and only ask for your One password when needed. please take a look at a Mac program called 1Password and tell me if it succeeds -to some extent- in mimicking the user experience that openID longs for.
AdminChris Messina (Admin, OpenID) commented
That's a curious point. Do you have specific ideas for how they could better support OpenID? The large companies are very involved in driving the technology and supporting the Foundation, but, apart from Yahoo, there isn't too much public documentation about their support for OpenID for regular internet users.