Yesterday we announced our plans to support OpenID. We are excited to be embracing this standard which will allow MySpace users to have a single-sign on solution for logging into sites across the web.
OpenID is a delegated authentication mechanism that allows a user to claim their identity through a URL. MySpace users will be able to leverage their personal profile as a way to login into many of the OpenID-enabled sites across the web.
As a developer, you will be able to implement OpenID on your site so that you can allow our users to easily login to your site without them having to create yet another username and password. Additionally, implementing OpenID will also grant you access to the literally hundreds of millions of other users who have OpenID's from a variety of other identity providers.
We are excited to be taking this next step towards empowering our users to have a portable identity, and see this as a perfect complement to the existing features of Data Availability. Stay tuned as we continue to discuss how our OpenID implementation will work and what kinds of functionality this will enable for our users and its potential for developers. MySpace is committed to taking an open, standards-based approach to our Data Availability project, and our decision to offer OpenID to our users reinforces this commitment.
- Max Engel: Product Manager, Data Availability