[OpenID] OpenID and Friendfeed

David Recordon david at sixapart.com
Thu Apr 30 18:59:52 UTC 2009

Hey Santosh,
I agree that when supporting multiple login mechanisms, it's important  
for the site to let you easily merge accounts.  One way to do this is  
to request your email via SREG or AX and proactively look out for  
you.  Another approach is when you login with a new identifier, to ask  
if you already have an account and let you merge then.


On Apr 29, 2009, at 8:06 PM, Santosh Rajan wrote:

> I have a friendfeed account with my gmail address. Friendfeed now  
> supports
> Google and facebook login.
> So I log in with my google account. No problem. I also have a facebook
> account with the same email address.
> When I log in with my Facebook account it see's me as a new user  
> obviously.
> They cant get your email address from facebook. So I add the same  
> email
> address to this account. I logout and login with google again and it  
> takes
> me to this new account!
> Then I close my browser and login again with my facebook and it  
> recognizes
> my old account! No problem.
> Now this is the problem. Most sites maintain accounts based on email
> addresses. It is is very difficult to integrate third party signin's
> whithout email addresses. Friendfeed seems to have pulled it off  
> with some
> glitches though.
> If OpenId needs to seemlessly integrate with RP's email based  
> authentication
> SREG email is an absolute necessity.
> Also please see my blogpost on a related subject on Facebook here.
> http://santrajan.blogspot.com/2009/04/facebook-support-for-openid-farce-or.html
> http://santrajan.blogspot.com/2009/04/facebook-support-for-openid-farce-or.html
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