OpenID is a free and easy way to use
a single digital identity across the
Users are identiﬁed by a URL at a
Users are directed to their provider
to identify themselves and then
6. OpenID Pros
Multiple Providers (Yahoo, AOL, Google, ...)
No Central Control of User Data
Largest Pool of Users(kinda).
Possibilities limited by developer imagination
7. OpenID Cons
Requires application development to utilize
(although it is a standard)
Only addresses Authentication although can
be combined with other standards
(Social Graph API, Portable Contacts,
OpenID Attribute Exchange)
Most non-technical users are unaware of it or
don’t understand it.
on your site to add social functionality
Small but growing selection of gadgets
becoming available from the
Actually uses OpenID
13. FriendConnect Pros
Super Simple to setup
Select social features you want (friends, wall,
Growing gadget base
Easy for non-developers to implement
14. FriendConnect Cons
Interaction is sandboxed behind Google’s
No way for developers to get access to the
user’s data for incorporation in their site
So far appears to be very “widgety”
15. Which One Should I
Examine your site’s needs
and target audience.
Are your visitors more
Will most of them be on
Do you need access to the
users’ data to act upon it?
16. Which One Should I
OpenID if you:
Want to comply with emerging standards.
Want to support several sources of identity
Have technical resources to implement.
17. Which One Should I
Facebook Connect if you:
Want simple brand familiarity for general
Want to promote actions on your site to a
huge user base.
Want to easily get data about a user from
Have technical resources to implement
18. Which One Should I
Google Friend Connect if you:
Don’t need ready access to work with the
Want to quickly add fun widgets to your
site or blog.
Don’t have technical resources to
19. Which One Should I
You don’t have to pick!
You can use more than one.
JanRain’s RPX - Integrates with all
20. Who Will Win?
Nobody will “win”
Facebook Connect will and is gaining quick
The Open Stack may gain more support long
term due to developers backing