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Social Programming: OpenSocial, OpenID, and OAuth: Oh, My!  RSS feed

 
Mark Hawker
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This is one of my favourite videos about the social web and social programming:

http://sites.google.com/site/io/opensocial-openid-and-oauth-oh-my

It was presented by Joseph Smarr of Plaxo at Google I/O 2008.

Joseph talks about the mix of technologies that we hope to see proliferate and combine in the coming years and the challenges still faced. For example, tensions between openness and proprietary platforms. Unfortunately, this includes Facebook who did (in the beginning) appear as a provider within Google Friend Connect.

What are your thoughts on the video?
 
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The talk does bring some order into the plethora of concepts; thanks for pointing to it.

I had been contemplating the use of OpenID for the JavaRanch forums right here, but never gotten farther than that. Now checking out some of the available libraries (such as JOpenID) it seems as if it's not all that hard to implement.

If I understand it correctly, one would need to show a list of OpenID providers to the visitor -like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, MySpace etc.- from which the visitor would pick one to use - there wouldn't (and couldn't) be a single "OpenID login" option; is that correct?
 
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:The talk does bring some order into the plethora of concepts; thanks for pointing to it.

No worries!

Ulf Dittmer wrote:If I understand it correctly, one would need to show a list of OpenID providers to the visitor -like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, MySpace etc.- from which the visitor would pick one to use - there wouldn't (and couldn't) be a single "OpenID login" option; is that correct?

I think you're right there, another video that I like is this which is specifically about OpenID. I have an example application here:

http://socprog.thebubblejungle.com/google/

Which demonstrates how it is incorporated into Google Friend Connect if you click the "Sign in" button. Notice how you can also use a Twitter account to sign in as well as a number of other options. Notice how they require that the user enters an OpenID URL but I guess this could be pre-populated/listed for them. But I guess since there can be any number of OpenID providers you'd want this to be left open-ended, too.
 
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