37signals Retiring OpenID from All Products

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37signals is phasing out OpenID support from their products on May 1. What does the future hold for OpenID when more and more services are using Facebook and Twitter for authentication?

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3 comments on “37signals Retiring OpenID from All Products

  1. Good decision, IMHO. I have yet to meet a non-techie who is able to fully understand the concept of OpenID and why it is better/worse/different to a “normal” sign-up/login process.

    To show my support for this decision, I’m going to post this comment using OpenID… for the last time evar!

    …hmmm. nevermind. I tried to use it but gave up in frustration because I can’t remember what to type in the “OpenID URL:” box! (I must be teh stupid)

  2. As I recall, 37 Signals’ OpenID implementation was essentially broken anyway. You had to set up a regular username and password on the 37signals site; then you could associate an OpenID with that account. If you have to go through all that, why bother? OpenID’s main benefit is that it saves you from having to have a password at every site you visit.

    I agree with pretty much everything Jeff Atwood says on this topic: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2010/11/your-internet-drivers-license.html

    Facebook Connect, Twitter Connect, and other OAuth based processes beat the pants off of OpenID in terms of ease of use. They are (rightfully) winning this battle. However, it makes me uneasy to see so many people giving a company like Facebook control of their online identity.

    I hope that we aren’t yet at the end of this road.

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