WordPress blog = open ID. Brilliant!


Matt M, Simon, and the WordPress gang strike again with a simple yet extremely intuitive and useful solution to OpenID challenges. They are allowing WP blogs to pass ID info to other applications. For the WordPress gang I guess it’s just another day at the office but this really is a great development that will help a lot of folks who don’t want to hear about standards and technical issues and just want a simple solution to online ID issues. Other applications are doing this as well, which will make the OpenID transition a lot easier.

This seems so simple compared to the recent developments with Yahoo’s BBAuth and other OpenID approaches – I think these have focused heavily on ways for developers to build on, for example,Yahoo’s ID and bring it into applications. Good, but better to first establish a bunch of simple OpenID implementations for people’s Google, Yahoo, blog info.

I would like Yahoo to just establish a simple system like WP has that allows me to authorize Yahoo to release my Yahoo info to others as I’m doing with the WP solution. (did they do this and I missed it?).

I think we may all be surprised how registrations have been more of a barrier to entry than it would seem they should be by just requiring a few minutes of sign up. It’s a brave new world of short attention spans and attention deficits and as OpenID becomes ubiquitous and easy we can roam the wild online range even more quickly and superficially than before.

OpenID info at Word Press 

10 thoughts on “WordPress blog = open ID. Brilliant!

  1. Hey Joe,

    I have to agree that this is a great idea with WP. I have actually steered away from a few sites that want you to register, because well…I mean how many passwords can we possibly remember?

  2. Hi J Alan – yup, me too. In fact I even will use registration as a sort of “filter”. Obviously I’ll reg if it’s an important site but if I just want to “check out” one of the hundreds of interesting new applications I’ll use this as a filter.

  3. I’m not quite certain about this ‘open ID’ question.

    I’ve certainly noted that on this JoeDuck site a great many threats have had rather inane responses from people who have clickbank or else .info sites. I’ve not been foolish enough to click on any of them though. It seems their comments are often absurd but even if they relate somewhat to the topic of the blog entry, it seems their real purpose is to induce some sort of click on their signature.

    clickbank seems to be some sort of scam related to “affiliate marketing” nonsense and is seems that .info seems to be a domain name for what is clearly spam content.

  4. Maybe I should learn to proofread!

    That should ofcourse be “great many threads” rather than “great many threats”.

    I still wonder if there are any consequences (other than wasted time and bandwidth) if I were to click on any of these clickbank sites or .info sites? Are they just trying to build a “click rating” for google ad marketing purposes or do they download spam if someone visits those sites?

    Either way, it seems to be a new form of spam to have those blog comments and I think thats the reason there is so much effort being devoted to keeping bots out of blogs and making certain of a blog poster’s identity.

  5. New form of spam?
    Well on a blog thread dealing with Weekend Travel in Oregon there is a link to a Travel to India site.
    So many of these posters seem to merely want visitors to their sites in the hope that some of their pseudo-search engine hits will be visited and some click-metric will be credited to them.

  6. its definately a plus for people like me and also for WP, as its quite deficult to remember password and its ID’s.

    great job by word press.

    i feel that way more and more people would comment

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