[OpenID board] [OpenID] Blog Post: 2008: Momentum

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 23:31:44 UTC 2009

To the Janrain folks: do you have the raw data available that was used
to generate your RP chart? I tried to approximate it so that it looked
a little prettier, but having the source data would be very useful.



On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM, David Recordon <david at sixapart.com> wrote:
> From http://openid.net/2009/01/15/momentum/
> --David
> 2008: Momentum
> OpenID 1/15/09 12:51 PM David Recordon News 2008 adoption community Comments
> 2008 was an awesome year for OpenID where the community created significant
> momentum moving toward mainstream adoption.  No, not every site on the web
> is using OpenID nor does every consumer know what OpenID does, but last year
> alone the number of sites that accept OpenID for sign in more than
> tripled1.  Today, there are over thirty-thousand publicly accessible sites
> supporting OpenID for sign in and well over half a billion OpenID enabled
> accounts.
> AOL2, Google3, Microsoft4, mixi (the largest social network in Japan)5 and
> Yahoo!6 have all shipped OpenID Provider implementations with nearly all of
> them supporting OpenID 2.0.
> In addition to many of the independent OpenID Providers already supporting
> the ability to exchange profile data, Google added the ability to do so in a
> limited fashion with AOL7, mixi8 and Yahoo!9 have all introduced it in a
> limited beta fashion.  This means that OpenID users signing into your site
> will easily be able to share information like their preferred username or
> email address if they wish to do so.
> A number of major sites added support to sign in using OpenID including
> AOL's MapQuest10, Google's Blogger11, Microsoft's Health Vault12,
> SourceForge13 as well as the commenting services TypePad Connect14 and
> Intense Debate (which in turn enabled Barack Obama's Change.gov15).  Google
> Friend Connect also enabled any site to support OpenID sign in via
> JavaScript16 which thousands of sites have done.
> Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! joined the board of the OpenID
> Foundation17 bringing additional insight, complementing the community board
> members and helping financially support the organization.
> A Japanese chapter of the OpenID Foundation was formed in February18 and has
> since added nearly forty-five member companies19; including merchants,
> portals, educational institutions, insurance companies, manufacturing
> companies, airlines and banks.
> The BBC hosted twenty-six people from seventeen organizations in New York
> City to kick off an OpenID Content Provider Advisory Committee20 meeting
> facilitated by JanRain and the OpenID Foundation.  Through the day specific
> questions by the content provider community (media companies and national
> affinity groups) were answered about OpenID and a discussion around how it
> could benefit the participants by supporting OpenID.
> The OpenID Foundation helped push forward usability and user experience
> research and best practices, by hosting an OpenID user experience summit led
> largely by Yahoo! and Google.  The community plans to continue this work
> throughout 2009, with many individuals and companies participating.
> Projects aimed squarely at open source developers like the Pinax platform
> which is built atop Django or the DiSo project atop WordPress and Movable
> Type integrated OpenID support as a core feature, making it even easier to
> build new social websites with support for OpenID sign in.  These of course
> join the likes of Ruby on Rails which already had an OpenID plugin used by
> sites like 37Signals.
> The OpenID Provider Authentication Policy Extension was approved as a
> finalized OpenID specification21.  It enables Relying Parties to request
> that the Provider employ specified authentication policies such as that the
> Provider employ a phishing-resistant authentication method.
> Multiple community driven projects looked at how OpenID usability and
> security could be improved by integrating OpenID with the web browser.
> Coming into 2008, VeriSign had launched their OpenID SeatBelt plugin and
> Sxip launched Sxipper for FireFox and Flock.  In 2008, not only did
> VeriSign22 and Vidoop23 add one-click sign in functionality to their OpenID
> Providers, but Flock, MySpace and Vidoop collaboratively launched a new
> project called Identity in the Browser24.  I also wrote my thoughts on
> Getting OpenID Into the Browser, talking about why an identity enabled web
> browser really should be built.
> The first annual election of the OpenID Foundation's community board members
> was held where one-hundred-and-seventy-five members voted resulting in the
> election of Brian Kissel, Chris Messina, David Recordon, Eric Sachs, Nat
> Sakimura, and Snorri Giorgetti25.
> Indeed, the launch of Facebook Connect – a completely proprietary identity
> system for the web – in 2008 underscores the importance of open
> standards-based technologies like OpenID.  Certainly it provides clear
> motivation to the entire OpenID community to demonstrate the value of
> decentralization and interoperability with an additional emphasis on
> usability, security and consumer friendliness.
> While Facebook Connect continues introducing consumers and companies to the
> idea of shared sign in and profile exchange, forward-looking social networks
> like MySpace are now building the same functionality atop OpenID, OAuth,
> OpenSocial and other non-proprietary technologies.  To their credit,
> Facebook continues to participate in an increasing number of meetups and
> events around OpenID.
> Considering all that has been accomplished by the community since OpenID 1.0
> first appeared on LiveJournal in 2005, in its short three-year history,
> OpenID has seen phenomenal adoption by individuals, the open source
> community, non-profits and companies. 2009 most certainly will see a
> continuation of that trend, especially as usability, consumer utility and
> pragmatic solutions become the focus.
> Relying Party Stats as of Jan 1st, 2009
> Why AOL Created 63 Million New OpenIDs
> Google is Now an OpenID Provider
> Windows Live Adds Support For OpenID, Calls It De Facto Login Standard
> mixi Supports OpenID with the Simple Registration Extension
> Yahoo Implements OpenID; Massive Win For The Project
> AOL releases preview support for SREG
> Mixi Brings Sophisticated OpenID to Millions of Japanese Users
> Yahoo! OpenID limited testing for Simple Registration support
> AOL's MapQuest Integrates OpenID
> Blogger Buzz: OpenID Commenting
> Microsoft's First Step In Accepting OpenID SignOns - HealthVault
> SourceForge Allows OpenID Logins
> TypePad Connects to Google, AOL, Yahoo! and more
> Barack Obama's Change.gov Adds OpenID
> Google Friend Connect: now available
> Evolving the Foundation Board
> Supporting OpenID Communities Around the World
> OpenID Japan Launches with 32 Member Companies
> OpenID Content Provider Advisory Committee Kickoff Meeting
> PAPE Approved as an OpenID Specification
> Personal Identity Portal (PIP) - Learn More About PIP
> What is the myVidoop Plugin?
> Vidoop and MySpace Bring OpenID to Flock
> OpenID Board Election Results
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