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Relying Party Stats as of Jan 1st, 2009

By Larry Drebes | Posted on January 02, 2009

31,185 — That’s how many unique web sites are OpenID enabled (as seen from ) as 2008 ended. The actual number of destination sites is probably higher since we count umbrella sites like blogger & livejournal as single sites, even through they each have thousands unique blogs that each accept OpenID. 31K is a healthy increase over the 9.6K sites we started the year with. I predict we’ll leave 31k in the dust in 2009.

In 2008 we saw Yahoo & Google become OP’s, joining AOL in enabling their massive user base to use their existing account as an OpenID. MySpace and Microsoft have announce that they will also OpenID enable their user base in 2009. We are approaching a point where a website can assume their end-user probably has an OpenID. In late 2008, we introduced RPX , which greatly reduces the engineering required to take OpenID. Watch out internet, (Billions of users) + (Easy way for them to register and login)!

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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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