OpenID Gains Additional Traction with

I have become a big proponent of OpenID lately. I think it is a great solution to the growing problem of managing your online identity and login across many sites.

Today, announced that they would begin supporting OpenID:

OpenID is a new standard that hopes to alleviate some of the pain, and we’ve just made it available to everyone who has a blog. This means you can sign in to a growing number of sites using your existing account.” (Quote from

This is great news, but so far, it looks like a one way deal. You can use OpenID credentials to log into other sites, but you cannot use other OpenID providers to post to

“Unfortunately, you cannot login to WordPress (at least from what I can tell) with an external OpenID. This means that is just a provider of OpenID’s and not a consumer of OpenID’s. So I can’t use my MyOpenID or my LiveJournal OpenID post comments on blogs. Hopefully support for that will be coming soon.” (Quote from Scott Kveton, CEO of JanRain)

I suspect that is testing the waters by becoming an OpenID to provider as a first step. If it is successful, I would not be surprised if they decided to accept OpenID’s to login and post to


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