This Week in Google, Episode 47

June 16, 2010

Great conversation today on TWiG with our guest Chris Messina, who dropped knowledge on the history and differences between OAuth and OpenID--which in an age of "Facebook wants to own all your sign-ons," is an important discussion. My tip this week: to grab the Android Swype beta within the next couple of days while it's still available, as previously-recommended ShapeWriter is no longer in the Market.

Hey look, my new OpenID works! [+1]
Jun 17 10 at 12:46 pm

Does Twitter user Oauth?

Because I just noticed when I commented on a picture at I authenticated through twitter, but then they automatically set me up to follow “TweetPhoto” ? I think that’s wrong, I don’t want to be forced to follow them.

Sterlingwit [+10]
Jun 17 10 at 4:37 pm

Test, cool i just followed your tutorial and works great for me also. I never knew it was that easy, thanks!

This is posted from my OpenId on
Jun 17 10 at 4:56 pm

Wow, that is awesome!
Jun 17 10 at 5:56 pm

followed the same tutorial. woo!
Jun 17 10 at 6:33 pm

Thanks, that’s a great tutorial!

Sterlingwit: Twitter does use oAuth, but not all services that connect to Twitter use it, and some, it would seem, abuse it, buy doing stuff you did not mean to.

Yeah. Awesome. Thanks for the great info.

This has been a very helpful TWIG. Thanks Gina and Chris.
Jun 17 10 at 11:27 pm

It worked here alright.. =) but sadly not on all sites, cant get it to work on zooomr

Like that, thanks!

Thanks for the tip. I was listening to TWiG and searched google for how to do this but all the posts I found mentioned using some proxy service and I wasn’t sure how safe that is. Nice to finally see how to use the actual google servers and no one in between.

Amazing how simple this is. Thanks

An added note for the Gina’s Great OpenID experiment. Now how do I add OpenID logins to my blog??


Just signed in with my own new “vanity OpenID”. Thanks Gina!

Hey, it looks like that worked. Thanks!

I used to have link rel=”openid.server” and link rel=”openid.delegate” lines in my header, but I’ve commented them out and this seems to work.
Jun 18 10 at 8:56 am

Funny how everyone is replying having logged in with their own OpenID :) [+3]
Jun 18 10 at 9:42 am

Awesome. Thanks Gina!

Hey look, my new OpenID works too! Thanks Gina!
Jun 18 10 at 10:06 am

Hi, Gina,

you are right, using the third party provider on your website is a breeze. But I would have one comment to otherwise interesting discussion about OpenID. The right question which should Leo ask Chris wasn’t whether Google is OpenID provider but whether it is at least somewhere (e.g., Google Groups?) a relying party. Everybody and their dog is OpenID ( because everybody wants to snatch your identity (or be a faithful steward of it ;) ).

However nobody wants to rely on a third party for the identity, because than they cannot force to give them your browsing history (which of course is well known to a OpenID provider).

Cool, mine works too. Thanks for the article Gina.

Thanks Gina for writing about this, I loved hearing Chris on TWiG.

I long for the day that the mess of identity and authentication problems we have today is cleared-up and consolidated, hopefully with OpenID, O’Auth, and open protocols.


Thanks for the advice on OpenID

Thanks Gina! I also can’t believe it’s that simple to setup OpenID with a custom url. Great tip!
Jun 19 10 at 7:36 pm

Thanks for the OpenID writeup on LH Gina. :)
Jun 19 10 at 8:29 pm

Works like a charm. Thanks Gina.
Jun 20 10 at 8:29 am

I had some problems with the Atahualpa theme but once I’ve changed it to the default one it worked like a charm.
Great podcast, BTW!

Jun 25 10 at 8:52 pm

Looks like this works! Thanks Gina and TWiG.

One question, though. Why is there a “/” after everyones’ openID name?
Jun 26 10 at 2:30 pm

Thanks, it works!

Dean Smith
Jun 29 10 at 9:50 pm

Another happy OpenID user – thanks Gina!

Scot Newbury
Jun 30 10 at 9:32 pm

bingity bang.
Jul 5 10 at 5:06 pm

Very nice tip Gina, can’t believe how easy it was. Thanks for sharing.

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