draft.blogger.com betas OpenID for blogger

Blogger.com now supports OpenID on its beta site.  I have to congratulate the blogger.com team on the user experience they&#39ve created.  This is not necessarily their final kick-at-the-can, but I like what they&#39ve done so far.

Blog owners have a simple radio-button selection to determine who can comment: 


From then on, when someone visits the blog as a user and wants to make a comment, they are given the choice of how to identify themself.  Choose “Any OpenID” and you are given the chance to enter one.  Click on that, and you are redirected to your OpenID provider.

Here&#39s what it looked like for me.  I wanted to congratulate the team for their great work, so I filled out a comment form like this:


Then I pressed “Publish Your Comment” and got this:

That&#39s because I use myopenid.com, which for me is phishproof because of its great Information Card support (in other words, no password is involved and no credential can be stolen).

That&#39s it folks.  I pressed send and got:

Why is this implementation so good?  Because it doesn&#39t torment you, doesn&#39t make you set up an account, doesn&#39t make you create a password you don&#39t need, and doesn&#39t nag you to join Blogger when that isn&#39t in the cards.  And it puts full control over the kinds of credentials to accept into the hands of the bloggers  themselves. 

This is the kind of experience I have envisaged and have been waiting for.  I think it is a sign of things to come, since many other sites are looking at the same concepts.  There is going to be a “conflagration” when people start to “get it”.  Just look at the comments.  There could be a lot of people who do join Blogger just because they&#39ve been handed a carrot, not given the stick.

One last aside on the low-friction thing.  Once I&#39ve gone through the dance above, I can continue to post at Blogger.com and all other sites with which I&#39ve established relationships – without further authentication.   That is very powerful.