Google is now letting any Yahoo users sign in to Google using Open Id, the company announced Tuesday. If you’re a Yahoo user and you want to try Google Docs.
this makes the sign-up process easier. Instead of filling out a web form and waiting for a confirmation e-mail when signing up for
Google is now letting any Yahoo users sign in to Google using Open Id, the company announced Tuesday.
If you’re a Yahoo user and you want to try Google Docs, Calendar or Reader, this makes the sign-up process easier.
Instead of filling out a web form and waiting for a confirmation e-mail when signing up for a Google account, there’s now a new button you can click on.
It says “Verify by signing in at Yahoo.com.” Click it, and you’re sent to Yahoo, where you’re asked to allow Google and Yahoo to link up your accounts.
All of a sudden, you’re a verified user at Google and you can start using Google’s web apps.
By using this method, you’re giving Google permission to access the data in your Yahoo profile, and you have the ability to import whatever data you’d like into Google.
Open Id ensures that all you’re required to share is an e-mail address, not your password or any other information you don’t want to share.
Tuesday’s development marks Google’s first attempt to be an OpenID relying party — a website that accepts OpenID logins from third-party providers.
Also, this only works for Yahoo users for now, but Google says it’s going to start offering support for other Open Id providers soon.
On the surface, this may look like an attempt by Google to poach users away from Yahoo by making it even easier for them to switch. In fact.
it’s a real-world example of the type of interoperability that Open Id has been promising to bring to the open web for some time.
The more services, web apps and social networks we sign up for, the more places we have to create an account, remember a password, find friends, and build up a user profile.
Open Id and the other twiddly bits in the “open stack” of social web technologies — like OAuth and Portable Contacts .
make it easier for us to securely re-use this data across. numerous websites and applications while. only having to maintain one user account. and one password at the provider of our choosing.
With Open Id and OAuth, your data can easily be fork lifted. into other social networks with just a few clicks.
Open Id currently powers the majority of third-party logins on the web.
This new Google/Yahoo system works because Yahoo is an OpenID provider. If you have a Yahoo account, you can use it to log in to any website that accepts OpenID.
Google has simply started using the Yahoo Open Id API. the bit of code that makes it easier for third parties to create a simple.
streamlined login experience for visitors who want to use their Yahoo ID to log in.
The same type of third-party login is possible using your Google account.
since Google exposes the information necessary to make that happen in its own Open Id APIs.
So there’s no poaching happening here, just an open door policy on Yahoo’s end. and the implementation of one of Yahoo’s APIs on Google’s end.
Google is currently only offering OpenID logins for Yahoo users, the company says.
The Google Code blog gives some more detail: “As [the new login feature] is based on an internet standard.
we plan to use it in the future with other e-mail. providers that add support for this usage of Open Id. and related standards like OAuth, such as in the Microsoft Live identity APIs.”
Google is also experimenting with an OpenID/OAuth hybrid called Step2. which builds on similar community efforts to build a new system. based on those two technologies.
Among other things, these new hybrid systems aim to make the process less confusing for users, and to make.
OAuth sign-ins easier for applications that run on a phone or on the desktop rather than in a web browser.
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