In case you don’t know, Google has finally joined the OpenID movement. Google is providing limited access to an API with the initial version using the OpenID 2.0 protocol . This will enable Web sites to validate the identity of a Google Account user, including the optional ability to request the user’s e-mail address.
Google posted on their official code blog Oct. 29,
In September we announced some research that we shared as part of an effort by the OpenID community to evaluate the user experience of federated login. Other companies like Yahoo have also published their user research. Starting today, we are providing limited access to an API for an OpenID identity provider that is based on the user experience research of the OpenID community. Websites can now allow Google Account users to login to their website by using the OpenID protocol. We hope the continued evolution of both the technical features of OpenID, as well as the improvements in user experience. will lead to a solution that can be widely deployed for federated login. One of the companies using this new service is www.zoho.com. Raju Vegesna at ZoHo says that “We now offer all our users the ability to login to ZoHo using their Google Account to avoid the need to create yet another login and password.”
Commenters have already started blasting the move. One wrote,
“Are there any plans to accept OpenID from other providers? AT the moment I’ll still need a Google OpenID for Google websites, a Yahoo! OpenID for Yahoo! websites, ad infinitum.
Until the big players start accepting 3rd party OpenID, as well as their own, I still need multiple usernames and passwords.”
While another one had issues with URI, ” E-mail is not valid OpenID URI.
Yahoo resolve this problem very easy – users must just enter http://yahoo.com
Why Google can’t do the same?”
Now we have to see the response of Pakistani users here. Fire your comments!