An update to my my OpenID Shitlist, Hitlist and Wishlist

OpenID hitlist

Back in December, I posted my OpenID Shitlist, Hitlist and Wishlist. I listed 7 companies on my shitlist, 14 on hitlist and 12 on my wishlist. Given that it’s been all of two months but we’ve made some solid progress, I thought I’d go ahead and give a quick update on recent developments.

First, the biggest news is probably that Yahoo has come online as an OpenID 2.0 identity provider. This is old news for anyone who’s been watching the space, but given that I called them out on my wishlist (and that their coming online tripled the number of OpenIDs) they get serious props, especially since Flickr profile URLs can now be used as identity URLs. MyBlogLog (called out on my shitlist) gets a pass here since they’re owned by Yahoo, but I’d still like to see them specifically support OpenID consumption

Second biggest news is the fact that, via Blogger, Google has become both an OpenID provider (with delegation) and consumer. Separately, Brad Fitzpatrick released the Social Graph API and declared that URLs are People Too.

Next, I’ll give big ups to PBWiki for today releasing support for OpenID consumption. This is a big win considering they were also on my shitlist and I’d previously received assurances that OpenID for PBWiki would be coming. Well, today they delivered, and while there are opportunities to improve their specific implementation, I’d say that Joel Franusic did a great job.

And, in other good news, Drupal 6.0 came out this week, with support for OpenID in core (thanks to Walkah!), so there’s another one to take off my hitlist.

I’d really like to take Satisfaction off my list, since they’ve released their API with support for OAuth, but they’ve still not added support for OpenID, so they’re not out of the woods just yet… even though their implementation of OAuth makes me considerably happy.

So, that’s about it for now. I hear rumblings from Digg that they want to support OpenID, but I’ve got no hard dates from them yet, which is fine. There’re plenty more folks who still need to adopt OpenID, and given the support the foundation has recently received from big guys like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Verisign and IBM, my job advocating for this stuff is only getting easier.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

8 thoughts on “An update to my my OpenID Shitlist, Hitlist and Wishlist”

  1. FTR, Chris, the MyBlogLog team pressed *very* hard to consume OpenIDs in March of 2007 because a) we were big believers and b) it was useful to our business development efforts.

    At the time, OpenID was highly contentious within the company and a manager up the line of command told me directly that he “didn’t care if it meant the end of every deal MyBlogog had,” we were not supporting OpenID.

    As can be seen in recent months, that stance has begun to change and I hope that someday I’ll be able to log into MyBlogLog with an OpenID.

    As a Yahoo service using YahooIDs, though, that is not a decision the team can make. It’s a universal yes or a universal no. Thus, “the pass” is appreciated 😉

  2. Just a thought Chris on the whole OpenID movement. If all these different services start offering Open ID’s wouldn’t we be right back to using them like email addresses.

    Let’s say someone wants to spam a website who only allows OpenID users to post, couldn’t they just go grab a dummy OID url from say ClaimID or Yahoo with a simple sign-up.

    Its just a thought thats been creepy in the back of my mind. What do you think?

  3. Is it just me or can no one find the Yahoo server needed to delegate to a different url?

    If I can’t use my own website to use yahoo’s openid then it seems mostly useless.

    I would put yahoo back on the shitlist till they tell people how to delegate.

  4. We support Openid.
    Also, Openvatar service, gives avatars for openid accounts. Like gravatar for email address.


  5. @Cesar H. Castro Jr; Perhaps OpenID also it makes it easier to block such spammers by banning certain OID URLs. Or maybe give them diminished capacity.

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