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AOL and OpenID

Here’s an addendum for my previous post about OpenID: AOL supports OpenID authentication for all(?) screennames. I’ve verified that this works with AIM usernames, even if you don’t have a “real” AOL account. In other words, if you have an AOL account or even just an AIM account, you already have an OpenID. For example, my AIM ID is EMCampbell3, which means that I could authenticate on any OpenID site using as my login. I’ll be redirected to AOL’s servers, which will ask for my password, and once it’s verified, I’ll be sent back to the original site with my identity verified.

AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Six Apart (including LiveJournal and Vox), Ma.gnolia, Technorati… Who’s next?

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Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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7 Responses to AOL and OpenID

  1. Chris says:

    Digg says they will be going along with it as well.

  2. Audi says:

    Digg can’t do it since most of the AOL nicks will be taken by other people. Am I right?

  3. Seo says:

    interesting read.

  4. Brian Kissel says:

    If you don’t have an OpenID, you can also get one at MyOpenID is the first pure play OpenID provider (launched in 2005) and offers a wide range of features including anti-phishing site verification protection, multi-factor authentication, multiple profiles (home, work, anonymous, etc.), SSL certificate and InfoCard integration, a public profile page, etc.

    You can also set up your own OpenID provider for employees, partners, or customers through the various partner programs.

  5. Kevin Fox says:

    I would suggest using your AOL OpenID if you already have an account with them. The AOL OpenID provider supports many anti-phishing features and is incredibly reliable. They also offer multi factor authentication as well through RecognitionAUTH from ConfIdent technologies:

  6. Gary Krall says:

    Another option of course is the VeriSign PiP ( The PiP in addition to offering all of the capabilities listed above also integrates with VeriSign’s 2-factor authentication VIP network. Users who for example have a paypal key for accessing their Paypal/ebay accounts can also use them on the PiP.

    That said..if you’re a AOL user this is a great way to extend and leverage your account and I’m sure that “photo retention schemes” will be considered against a variety of different options.

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