Facebook opens up to OpenID

Facebook has stepped forward and joined OpenID with a growing number of popular web sites that have recently joined OpenID. Up till now, Facebook has only allowed third-party developers to access user's data strictly through its own proprietary standards.

OpenID allows users who have never before been on a web site with OpenID to allow that person to login using their Facebook account, but for now Facebook hasn't released details if they will let people login using their Facebook account details, but only mentioned they will support OpenID.

"It is our hope that we can take the success of Facebook Connect and work together with the community to build easy-to-use, safe, open and secure distributed identity frameworks for use across the Web." Mike Schroepfer, Facebook engineering director, said in the company's developer blog.

This could mean that OpenID might only work in Facebook Connect, the only method up till now that allows third-party connections to work with Facebook.

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I don't expect this to work the usual OpenID way, i.e., being able to log into FB using a new OpenID and getting a profile page directly.

This looks pretty nasty, webpage joins openid only when they are in a hurry of new user at expensive of security and privacy.

Magallanes said,
This looks pretty nasty, webpage joins openid only when they are in a hurry of new user at expensive of security and privacy.

Facebook has a lot of privacy options.

You can hide just about anything from certain users or certain friend lists!

i've gotten a few notifications that people have tagged me in pictures and then when i click the link to see the picture it takes to a page to add an application. unfortunately i added it and then apparently i tagged everyone on my list in a picture. i quickly removed and blocked the app called "Pictures" from my page