Here is the Press Release. The announcement triples the number of OpenID accounts.
It should do a lot to encourage relying party adoption of OpenID.
It also means mainstream user education has just begun.
It is also interesting to see the narrative in the ‘media’ that get the story wrong
Clint Boulton on Google Watch has this quote “OpenID creator JanRain.” The story of community collaboration to get to OpenID2.0 to happen is quite remarkable (bringing together 4 different “competing” efforts) and I hope that some media outlet investigating what this all means actually gets it right.
He also goes on to say this
Okay (grumble, grumble) but I’m going to go back to standby that if humans can design something, humans can break it. It’s only a matter of time before folks find a way to break OpenID. If that happens, stick a fork in the emerging protocol. Until then, enjoy the digital convenience OpenID has to offer.
I thought the protocol had already been broken but the community is working very hard to address these problems.
The funny part for me is that my Yahoo! ID kinda sucks – it is ‘earthwaters’ from WAY back in college – I wanted a handle – and that was what I came up with. I don’t really want to use it as a handle around the web. I wonder if thy will have other users with this challenge and how they will address it.
COMMENT FROM SHREYAS:
I am the product manager for Yahoo!’s OpenID effort. One of the nice things about our implementation is that you don’t HAVE to use your Yahoo! ID (eg: johnsmith) in your OpenID URL. Also, if you are a Flickr user, you will be able to use the URL for your Flickr photos page (eg: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsmith) as your OpenID URL. We are launching the service pretty soon and your feedback will be highly appreciated!
Also, if it helps other readers of your blog, I can post this comment there once the issue is fixed.
Exciting times ahead!