Google Friend Connect: Interesting Service, Can’t Sign Up

Yesterday, Google launched a preview release of Google Friend Connect at Campfire One. The premise is neat: Google provides you with a directory of pre-programmed social widgets (slash gadgets, slash modules, slash whatever you want to call them) that you can install on your website simply by pasting HTML code. All kinds of authentication formats are accepted, from Google Accounts to OpenID and beyond. For more nitty-gritty details, head for the official blog post or the Google Webmaster Central version (the latter is simpler). Incidentally, there was a huge blogstorm about this yesterday, before it was officially announced and before…

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Profile Duplication Equals Time Wasted

With the explosion of social sites, Internet users can be asked to fill out, and keep updated, dozens of profiles all over the Web. For light surfers, who use maybe three sites (say, Digg, Twitter, and Facebook), keeping things up-to-date is simple. There are only three forms sites (Facebook has a bunch of different pages for its profiles) to visit when something changes. People like me, however, end up amassing a whole bunch of pages to update. Right now I think I’m somewhere between 25 and 50 profiles, plus countless sites and profiles-that-aren’t-for-sites that I am no doubt forgetting. That’s…

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Blogger Gets OpenID Controls!

I logged into Blogger early this morning to write my post for the day and was prowling around in the Settings panels trying to find an option to turn on enclosure fields (in case I ever decide I want to do a podcast episode or two, you know). Lo and behold, I saw a new tab, labeled OpenID! Here’s what was on it: I remember the Blogger in Draft team promising to add a feature to manage authorized websites back when . Looks like they did it! Yes, I know, I’m getting excited by a new tab. Big deal, right?…

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Blogger Blogrolls and Bugfixes

In the last couple days, Google’s Blogger team added a new sidebar widget to Blogger In Draft for testing. It’s a “Blog List”, in essence a blogroll. It displays a list of blogs, and optionally titles of each blog’s latest post, snippets of the latest post, and how long it’s been since each blog was updated. Users can add sites either manually or by importing from Google Reader subscriptions. In other news, a list of bugfixes and enhancements were added to mainstream Blogger, including fixes for the label counts bugs (which I have never suffered from, AFAIK) and comment pagination…

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Blogger as OpenID Provider

Hot on the heels of , Blogger is now testing support for using blog URLs as OpenID logins. Now not only can other people log in with their OpenIDs from elsewhere, but Blogger users can use their Blogger blog URLs as OpenIDs to log into other sites. I have now deleted the delegation code from my template (which has been working for a while; I just never updated ), as I enabled the beta feature from Blogger in Draft. For now, it’s only available from Draft, through a checkbox on the Edit Profile page (rather than in the blog control…

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Yahoo! Launching OpenID?

PC World says Yahoo! is testing OpenID support. I’d say, from the evidence presented (the content of the domain https://me.yahoo.com/, for example), that they’re probably right. The page title is currently “OpenID Provider 2.0 — User’s page”, with “The user’s OpenID provider is https://open.login.yahooapis.com/openid/op/auth” in the body. It seems primed to have nice, simple identity URLs like https://me.yahoo.com/voyagerfan5761. Of course, I delegate my OpenID from this domain (the delegation meta tags redirect requests to AOL), so a simple configuration change on my end can get me using Yahoo!’s system. And when Google eventually support OpenID from Blogger URLs natively (which…

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OpenID Commenting Released from Draft

Two weeks later, Blogger’s are over. The feature has been released to all Blogger blogs. They’ve also fixed handling of URLs with “www” in them, added OpenID comments to post pages, instead of just on comment.g, and added a Blogger favicon to Google Account/Blogger Account comments. Now all they need to add is the ability to use Blog*Spot URLs as OpenIDs themselves, and we’ll be set. I can’t wait to ditch the AOL delegation I put in my blog’s header, which is broken anyway.

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Blogger Testing OpenID Comments

You might notice a change in the comment form for this blog and others. That’s because Blogger in Draft has launched a test of OpenID commenting, and I’ve opted in. That means that if you have an account somewhere like AOL/AIM, LiveJournal, TypeKey, WordPress, or any other OpenID provider (Technorati, for example), you can use that identity to comment. Also in the works is support to use Blogger blog URLs as OpenID-compatible identities elsewhere, both Blog*Spot and custom domains. I’m excited about this part, as I really don’t want to be using my AIM screenname as an identity, but I…

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