OpenID + .name == Great News

We’re excited to announce our latest partnership with GNR (the folks who manage the .name registry) to help bring OpenID’s to the .name users everywhere. Now with just a few seconds you can register your very own .name domain name and get email, an OpenID and a whole lot more.

You can sign up today at FreeYourID.com. JanRain is providing the back-end OpenID services for the .name registry to handle the use of your .name as an OpenID. The registration is free for the first 90 days and then $10.95 US per year after that.

Many people have asked us if we could help manage the entire process of domain name registration and management of their OpenID and until now, we haven’t been able to do it. Fortunately, the GNR folks have made this super easy with their FreeYourID.com service and we’re excited to be helping them by providing the OpenID’s. We’re using OpenID delegation and our new site API on MyOpenID to make this happen.

For example, you can head over to FreeYourID.com and enter in a name like Larry Jones and you’ll then be presented with a series of options like larry.jones.name or lj.jones.name or lawrence.jones.name. You then get an email address of larry@jones.name, etc. Best of all, you can point your personal identity page anywhere you want. If you have a blog at username.livejournal.com, you can point your new .name at that and have it redirect there. You can even point at your own Jyte profile page to show off your claims, cred and contacts like I’ve done with scott.kveton.name … 🙂

As always, any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to post them here! And go sign-up for your .name! 🙂

~Scott Kveton