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  • I tried using Google as my OpenID provider for a while. Frustratingly I had all kinds of issues. Been some time though so it might be better now. It has always annoyed me how some sites only accept one or two OpenIDs.

  • Yeah, seems like Google and Yahoo suck for that, according to all the of research I've done. Google can kind of suck it anyway.

    I think most OpenID-ready sites do support all OpenID providers, they just don't always give you the option of manually entering a url, which makes it impossible to use them. There are so many UX problems with the way sites implement OpenID, it's not even funny. Probably a big reason it's taken so long to gain any traction.

  • Matt

    …and if the whole OpenID thing causes knowledgable technicians problems, what does the average person in the street think? It's a right pain in the ass in terms of usability. The people who architect these solutions need to architect them for a lower common denominator instead of thinking like a developer.
    User centred design? What a radical idea 😉

  • Yeah – it's almost always executed poorly, not always for lack of trying. I know this was a concern for some of the OpenID guys, and they know it contributed to lower adoption rates for the service. If anyone has seen a really great implementation of it, I'd love to see it and showcase it as an example. RPX from JanRain doesn't do a bad job, but I don't think non-premium customers can customize the experience much. (I could be wrong there – it's been a while since I've tinkered.) At least they try to store a cookie so it prompts you to login with the same service you logged in with last time.

  • Lafayme

    I opened up my gmail in one tab, then on a second tab I opened up google to search for info on how one of my OpenID accounts showed up my Facebook acct. and others. I clicked a link that led me here and see that this shows my Disqus info profile and shows all my comments I made on another website. I certainly do not want my email address to be connected with my political views that I have shared in commenting sections all over the net especially because I deal with far left business associates and I lean right. I had established an online connection with someone that was looking favorably at someone I rep and once this business entity saw and read my comments that showed up they blocked me from ever contacting them again and cost the person I rep their dream job. How can I keep my personal persona separate from my business persona?

  • Hi Lafayme – Managing personal and professional personas is not easy, that's for sure. The easiest thing to do is to keep professional and personal completely separate. For example, I do not use my real name here in plain text anywhere on the site. It's not hard to make the connection between who I am (my non-profit org, my professional career, and this site), but I take careful steps to keep a line there. For the same reason, I don't use my real name on my Twitter account in text. I have two Facebook accounts (which is technically against their TOS, but oh well.) I only send professional emails from my business accounts, and keep different logins for Disqus or any other service that might aggregate data on my activity.

  • Lafayme

    Thank you so much for being here. I never signed into Disqus …I just clicked on a link in Google and it showed up. I have also noted that when I was on one NYT comment section that it showed my gmail account with my actual name. I did set up a WordPress url that I wanted to use for my political views. But the thing that bothers me the most is that my main MSN account is my oldest email and yet I thought because the address does not show my name that I would be safe in using that email address because I show no profile on MSN per se yet it is the one linked both professionally and personally thru this new linking process. Is there anyway to undo what I have done? This is going to ruin me and actually going to affect people that rely upon me.

  • Ironically, after reading some of your previous comments on other blogs, I am disinclined to help you as well.

    Having said that, Disqus will typically keep you logged in until you specifically log out, so you should pay more attention to whether or not you are logged into Disqus before commenting. If you don't want it traced back to you, make sure you're logged out and comment as a guest.

  • Matt

    You might want to check out http://developmentseed.org/blog/2010/mar/02/sim

  • georgerevutsky

    Great and useful article – thanks so much.

  • I was about to comment and thank you for this post about OpenID. Reading through the string of comments I can to this reponce about you not wanting to help because of someone's views. Wow, that's really small minded.
    I guess I'll just say thank you for the post and hope some day you open your mind and love everyone.

    Have a great day.

  • Are you kidding me? She wasn't showing love to “everyone” when she posted her right-wing paranoid hatemongering. Listen, if you don't like it, go to someone else's blog – but I'm not going to help someone cover up what they say online. If you're going to have an opinion, at least have the balls to stand behind it. I simply told her I wouldn't help her. Her question was completely off-topic for the post (it has nothing to do with setting up an OpenID on your own site). That's not small-minded, that's caring enough about what's important to you to demand that people be accountable for the hateful things they post online. If you don't like it, don't come back to this blog.

  • Just because someone doesn't show love, doesn't mean you shouldn't
    Your reply sounds very angry, and I'm sorry for that.
    I'll pray for you and respect your wishes and not return.
    Thank you for the information about openID.

  • Thanks for this, got it all set up now! =D

  • I've had the same problem with OpenID… pissed me off so much that I more or less gave up on it. Perhaps I'll take a look at it again at some point. The Facebook or Google logins just seem easier to deal with anymore. I hate to give them too much trust, but I'm too old and tired to fight it.

  • This worked perfectly for me. You don't even have to go through their domain setup process; just putting those for lines between the head tags of a web page does the trick.

  • This openID lark is really doing my head in. I’ve used the same process to use my own domain as my open ID by delegating to myopenID.com. When I make a comment on a website using OpenID it displays my name and links to a Disqus profile that shows my custom URL. How can I get the link to go directly to my domain and not the disqus profile?

    • I think that might just be a function of Disqus. I see your website url, but your Disqus url is http://disqus.com/openid-70925/, so it looks like the Open ID business worked as expected. Disqus might just have a policy of creating a unique profile for every login it processes.

  • newlink

    This is not working, tried this code, and one one given by myopenid not so simple, need some more knowledge.