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Performance Features of the New Janrain Engage Social Login Widget

By Larry Drebes | Posted on September 01, 2011

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This is the third in a series of blog posts by Kevin Long, Janrain Technical Product Manager, to introduce the new Janrain Engage social login widget and provide detail on how to use the new enhancements. Read other posts within the Janrain Technical series.


Previous posts covered the expanded support for mobile devices and the new customization features. This time we focus on performance enhancements of the new Janrain Engage social login widget. Stay tuned for the final post where we will focus on the expanded Javascript API.

Accelerating the Accelerator

The Janrain Engage social login widget is used by millions of people on hundreds of thousands of web sites worldwide. Removing the barriers to engagement with your users by simplifying and accelerating sign-ups and sign-ins is the primary reason Janrain Engage is implemented.

Part of accelerating the authentication process is delivering the goods as quickly as possible so as to remain an invisible part of our customer’s site flow. As part of the release of our latest version of the Janrain Engage social login widget, we have implemented changes that take advantage of a variety of new tools, techniques and deployment methods to further expedite the authentication process. Our developer blog post and technical white paper detail these methods and outline performance benchmarking tests against both our legacy widget and that of the competition.


Keeping with the theme of acceleration let’s jump right to the results of our performance testing. The new Janrain Engage social login widget tested:

  • four times faster than our legacy widget, which was already faster than the competition
  • five times faster than the closest competitor’s widget
  • seven times as fast for global users in remote locations with poor connectivity

These are the average speed increases. Its not uncommon to see even better results using the new social login widget.

The Need for Speed

New Janrain Engage customers and implementations will have instant access to the enhanced social login widget through your Janrain Dashboard. Existing customers’ implementations are retained from your previous settings and you won’t see any changes to your social login widget until you make them. When you’re ready, just review your settings and generate new JavaScript to cut and paste into your site. No server side changes to your token URL are required. Our Basic and Plus level customers interested in customizing the look and feel of your social login widget to the branding of your site are invited to contact us today about upgrading your

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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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