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OpenID Ecosystem Continues to Grow

By Larry Drebes | Posted on August 23, 2007

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As a relative new comer to the OpenID community it is always interesting to see how far things have come in such a short time. When people contact me and mention the times when there were only 3 OpenID enabled sites its almost hard to believe. Well JanRain is pleased to report another milestone for OpenID, over 1,000 websites have signed up for the MyOpenID affiliate program.

What does this mean? Over 1,000 website operators have not only lowered the bar for entry to their site by implementing OpenID support but have also taken the extra step and made it easy for new comers to get an OpenID from by becoming an affiliate. The more people who get an OpenID the more the OpenID ecosystem grows and everyone benefits, not just the individual website operator who sees an increase in sign ups, but all other affiliates and OpenID supporters get to ride the tide as well.

In a larger sense this news gives an idea of how well the OpenID community is doing. There has always been a question mark around OpenID regarding the # of users needed to entice sites to adopt OpenID and vice versa. Well in my mind with over 100 million OpenID identities created, and over 1,000 affiliates signed up for MyOpenID alone (MyOpenID is just one of many public OpenID providers) this question mark is very close to being erased.

Who are some of these affiliates? In general MyOpenID affiliates are interested in supporting OpenID (read: awesome) and in making getting an OpenID account as easy for their people as possible. While it is impossible to list every site (some are still in beta or alpha) we do maintain a directory and below is a partial list of some affiliates (in no particular order):

How can I become an affiliate? Its very simple, if your site supports OpenID and you want to make it easy for people to obtain an OpenID URL just head over to our affiliate page, enter your site details, get an affiliate ID and you are set!

As an added bonus MyOpenID has recently added a 2nd tier affiliate program which will allow site operators to give people OpenID accounts in the form of If you are interested in this please contact me via Pibb and I will get you the necessary information.

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Larry Drebes

Larry Drebes


Larry founded Janrain in 2005 to address the challenge of managing user identity on the Internet. In its early days, Janrain drove the development of the majority of the open source OpenID protocol libraries that continue to be used today by organizations such as Google and Yahoo!, and was a founding member of the OpenID Foundation, a nonprofit governance organization for the industry. Prior to Janrain, Larry was a co-founder of Silicon Valley startups, a web-based service, and Four11 Corporation. At Four11 Corporation, Larry led the development of its RocketMail product, one of the first Internet-based email systems. Four11 was acquired by Yahoo! in 1997, and its RocketMail product became Yahoo! Mail. Earlier in his career, Larry did software development for Raynet, McDonnell Douglas and A.G. Edwards.

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