Facebook Launches OpenID Support – Users Can Now Login With Gmail Accounts

openidlogofblogosmallLast month, Facebook announced that users would soon be able to login to the site via OpenID. Today, Facebook has officially become an OpenID relying party: users can now register for Facebook using their Gmail accounts and any OpenID provider that supports automatic login. As such, Facebook has become the largest OpenID relying party on the web.

Now, once users link their Facebook account to a Gmail address (or OpenID URL), they’ll be automatically logged in when they go to Facebook after having logged into that service. Facebook says that in its user testing so far, users who register through OpenID actually get engaged with Facebook more quickly than others.

“In tests we’ve run, we’ve noticed that first-time users who register on the site with OpenID are more likely to become active Facebook users. They get up and running after registering even faster than before, find their friends easily, and quickly engage on the site. We’ll continue to integrate more OpenID providers into our registration and account linking flows as they support automatic login,” Facebook says.

To link an existing account with a Google or OpenID account, users can go to their Account Settings page and choose an account in the Linked Accounts section. Yahoo and MySpace are also listed here, but a Facebook prompt says “Note that your accounts from Myspace and Yahoo do not allow for automatic login.”

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We recently spoke with Facebook engineer Luke Shepard, who represents Facebook on the OpenID Foundation board, to get his perspective on Facebook’s OpenID integration.

Inside Facebook: Luke, why is Facebook integrating OpenID support?

Luke Shepard: The primary motivation for us is to accept OpenID for new users registering for Facebook. For now, that means through Gmail, though more providers will be coming soon. Google released their address book API a few months ago through OpenID, and we’re using that. The response has been pretty positive so far in our user testing.

In addition, for existing users, we’re offering a feature for you to login automatically if you have an account with an OpenID provider. For example, I have a Gmail account. Every day, I open up my browser and go to Gmail and Facebook, and now you can be automatically logged into Facebook after logging into Gmail.

Which other companies have support coming soon?

Yahoo has been an OpenID provider for over a year and is on the verge of supporting automatic login. Microsoft hasn’t launched as a provider yet, but will sometime. The big three will be covered pretty soon.

What steps did Facebook take to overcome some of the user experience challenges that have hindered OpenID?

One thing we did was we skipped some of the hard part. Probably the most difficult open question in the OpenID community is how do you get a user to register with an OpenID for the first time. We’re skipping that for existing users right now to make sure we get the underlying system working. We’re working on a lot of ideas for how we can present that to the user after we launch – like how to do OpenID login in a popup and keeping users on the page versus sending them off to another site.

We’re a major identity provider with the Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect. We’ve been trying to do a good job on this for apps, and this is a good chance for us to eat our own dogfood with identity and learn what we can do better for apps in the future.

There are very few sites that support the background automatic login in OpenID, but this is a core part of the Facebook Connect experience. Others haven’t done this yet because it’s pretty difficult technically. When designing our OpenID implementation, I was drawing on several Facebook engineers here to learn from how we did various things with Connect. It’s also still rapidly evolving.

Other relying parties will get the cookies, but they’ll usually redirect you to the provider and then you’ll be directed back, but there are a lot of risks with that approach because when you’re a site like us where we’re bigger than almost all the providers were going to be using, it’s important for us not to send them off to a site and have a bad experience.

What other designs have you seen that have worked well?

Currently the best approach out there is what Chris Messina has caleld the “NASCAR” approach (putting a bunch of buttons up for the user to choose). Currently we’re trying to avoid that approach with a couple sidesteps:

  1. For new users who we know have a Gmail account, we can show them one big Gmail button, and we’d like to expand that to other providers.
  2. We’re also letting existing accounts link.

Can users login to sites with Facebook Connect through Gmail and OpenID as well, or just Facebook.com?

Only facebook.com. Right now, we’re trying to get something out to users and figure out what is the smallest set of functionality that we can roll out, because it involves laying a lot of the groundwork from a security perspective. Now that we’ve laid the groundwork there’s a bunch of iterations we can do.

Why have you been such a big internal advocate of OpenID at Facebook?

The company is really big into open standards and open source already from the highest level – Mike Schroepfer came from Mozilla. Basically everything here is open source, like Thrift. It’s not like I’m fighting a battle, I’ve just found that my role is to learn what’s going on in the community and educate what’s going on inside the company.

In the long run, i think we’ll see that open standards are ultimately what win. Part of what we’re trying to figure out is how do we get there and how does our product work with open standards.  Using the popup and doing the background approach aren’t things that the OpenID commuinity hasn’t really pushed yet, but they’re core to the Facebook Connect product. We want to try to help incorporate these back into the OpenID community.

Is the OpenID movement good for Facebook?

I think it’s good for Facebook in two ways. First, registration rates: OpenID clearly makes registration easier for users, which is good for growth. Our growth team tries everything, so I think this will increase our growth rate.

Second, if we participate in open standards and help define them and work to have our innovations contributed, it’s ultimately going to lead to a better product than trying to fight them.

What’s your relationship with Google been like working on this?

We’ve been talking with them to make sure it works well, but we were able to get it working with the public API documentation.

Thanks Luke – any final thoughts?

This is still an early version, and not yet a finished product. There should be more iterations soon.

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75 Responses to “Facebook Launches OpenID Support – Users Can Now Login With Gmail Accounts”

  1. Facebook launched OpenID support. Login with your Gmail or any other OpenID account. - The Next Web says:

    [...] broke the news and has an in depth interview with Facebook engineer and OpenID Foundation board member Luke Shepard, I highly recommend you [...]

  2. OpenID-Unterstützung geht live: Mit Google-Login bei Facebook registrieren » netzwertig.com says:

    [...] Facebook registrieren. Ebenfalls möglich ist das Erstellen eines Kontos mit Gmail-Zugangsdaten. Wie Inside Facebook erfahren hat, soll gleiches in Kürze auch für Yahoo- und Microsoft-Logins gelten.    Wie für Facebook [...]

  3. Facebook Finally Gets OpenID, Your Blog Could Benefit | The Blog Herald says:

    [...] link your Facebook account to an OpenID provider. Not all will let you login automatically, and the Inside Facebook interview with Luke Shepard is focusing on Google accounts. And sure, like so many others, I log onto Gmail every morning, and [...]

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  5. Integrare Facebook Connect sul proprio sito (parte I) | Unconventional Everything (Mikamai) says:

    [...] Connect è un ottimo modo per integrare un sistema di single sign on sul proprio sito (FB ha lanciato il supporto per openid!) e  naturalmente per scatenare meccanismi virali che permettono di [...]

  6. Jamie Ellis says:

    Would love to see if i can sign up my Google and at a later date add my (most common*) OpenID indentifer (Hopefully – LiveID provided) see http://dev.live.com/blogs/devlive/archive/2008/10/27/421.aspx :) (whenever they actually launch it mainstream)

    * i have Google, Yahoo and AOL/ Screenname accounts *laughs* (unless OpenID allows in time multi account linking)

  7. Jamie Ellis says:

    Thought i try out some of the linking settings
    For existing members it available via ‘Settings’ > ‘Account Settings’ and is apart of the ‘Linked Account’ section

    Amongst Google & ‘OpenID’ It also link account options for
    - Google (if google is sign on – Facebook signed on :))
    - Myspace (currently not automatic log on)
    - Yahoo – result as myspace
    - Vidoop (sp?) not tried as no account but result is presumed to be same as Myspace & Yahoo
    - MyOpenID [supposely a well known OpenID provider] it may or may not autologin – untested
    - OpenID (the generic type) autologin? – not tested!

    What i can see being added afterwards (not in any order):
    - LiveID
    - ‘MyScreenName’/AOL/ ‘AOL Bebo’
    - Twitter OAuth ‘Sign in as Twitter’ (I do think People will think Facebook brought them out if they did add it but its appearing on blogs etc via Disqus and other mediums)
    - NingID (ning.com)
    - Other ‘popular’ OpenID providers e.g. Verisign PIP

  8. Less Walls | Brent.fm • a technology mixdown says:

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  9. OpenID Comes To Facebook And The World Yawns ~ Web Developers says:

    [...] is fine for what it is, as a social connector of sorts. But expecting most people to give a rat’s behind about OpenID is about as likely as people reliving their old Microsoft .NET passport accounts. Even worse is the [...]

  10. Facebook supporta OpenID says:

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  11. Facebook Finally Gets OpenID, Your Blog Could Benefit | BLOGCHINA says:

    [...] link your Facebook account to an OpenID provider. Not all will let you login automatically, and the Inside Facebook interview with Luke Shepard is focusing on Google accounts. And sure, like so many others, I log onto Gmail every morning, and [...]

  12. Facebook Developer Garage Milan - Powered by Intel - Integrare Facebook Connect sul proprio sito (parte I) says:

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  13. Login to Facebook Using your Gmail Account says:

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  15. Facebook acepta OpenID como identificador : Blogografia says:

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  16. Facebook App Developer says:

    It’s good that facebook launches open ID support. But it is only for gmail accounts.

  17. Repubblica.it - Blog - Scene Digitali » Blog Archive » Il Garante avvisa i naviganti, Facebook si apre un po’ says:

    [...] Facebook viene anche un’altra novità importante: il cosiddetto Open Id support. Come dice uno dei blog semiufficiali della società, è la possibilità di accedere al social network attraverso il proprio “account” di [...]

  18. Facebook lanza soporte para OpenID | The Inquirer ES says:

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  19. Facebook aggiunge OpenID e Google per l’accesso | I Love Google says:

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  20. Aalaap Ghag says:

    All this linking stuff is fine, but the real benefit of OpenID will only be realised when people without Facebook accounts can actually sign up using their OpenIDs. As of now, someone without a Facebook account still needs to sign up for a new Facebook account.

  21. MAIN-Blog.de » Blog Archive » Google und Facebook - OpenID machts möglich says:

    [...] registrieren können. Ebenfalls möglich ist das Erstellen eines Kontos mit Gmail-Zugangsdaten. Wie Inside Facebook erfahren hat, soll gleiches in Kürze auch für Yahoo- und Microsoft-Logins [...]

  22. Facebook launches OpenID support – Now login with Gmail accounts | Geekword says:

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  23. Did Facebook just open the floodgates (for more ad impressions)? « Ads On Facebook says:

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  24. The Internet Identity Workshop and Vendor Relationship Mgt - Very Relevent « The SiliconANGLE says:

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  25. Facebook acepta OpenID - Foro3k.com says:

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  26. The Technology Post for May 19th - Jason N. Gaylord's Blog says:

    [...] Facebook – Facebook Launches OpenID Support – Users Can Now Login With Gmail Accounts (Suggested by Kevin Dente) [...]

  27. OpenID ya está disponible en Facebook | Globbos says:

    [...] Para lograr ingresar por medio de Open ID, los usuarios tendrán que configurar la cuenta de Facebook y seleccionar una cuenta en la parte de cuentas enlazadas, como se informó en la página Inside Facebook. [...]

  28. Running List of the Five Eras of The Social Web « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing says:

    [...] Facebook has agreed to support OpenID, May 2009 Era of Social Context (starts in 2010, matures in 2012) This era is certainly not in maturity, but we can see some early examples of demographic scraping. [...]

  29. Hola PO! » Facebook acepta OpenID como identificador says:

    [...] Vía | Inside Facebook. [...]

  30. Running List of the Five Eras of The Social Web | iMarketwell says:

    [...] Facebook has agreed to support OpenID, May 2009 Era of Social Context (starts in 2010, matures in 2012) This era is certainly not in maturity, but we can see some early examples of demographic scraping. [...]

  31. TGIF Social Internet Marketing Weekly Wrap Up : Social Marketing Impact says:

    [...] Facebook Connect Includes Google through OpenID from Inside Facebook:  Great news and a definite sign of the times. [...]

  32. Techknology’s Blog » OpenID Gets Powerful Supporter in Facebook says:

    [...] users who register on the site with OpenID are more likely to become active Facebook users,” Facebook says. “They get up and running after registering even faster than before, find their friends [...]

  33. legumes says:

    well it doesn’t fucking work through gmail

  34. Tzah 2.0 » Blog Archive » Can OpenID be a honey trap in the hands of the wrong providers? says:

    [...] week Facebook announced it has become an OpenID relying party: any user with OpenID URI can seamlessly login and register to Facebook. After users link their [...]

  35. JAJAH Development Blog » Blog Archive » Can OpenID be a honey trap in the hands of the wrong providers? says:

    [...] OpenID be a honey trap in the hands of the wrong providers? Last week Facebook announced it has become an OpenID relying party: any user with OpenID URI can seamlessly login and register to Facebook. After users link their [...]

  36. » Μπείτε στο Facebook απο το Gmail λογαριασμό σας, και όχι μόνο kantonopou’s blog says:

    [...] http://www.insidefacebook.com/2009/05/18/facebook-launches-openid-support-users-can-now-login-with-a…αναφέρει πως η σύνδεση στο Gmail θα σημαίνει απο εδώ και πέρα την αυτόματη σύνδεση και στο Facebook, κάτι τέτοιο δεν ήταν εφικτό προς το παρόν. [...]

  37. » Μπείτε στο Facebook απο το Gmail λογαριασμό σας, και όχι μόνο kantonopou’s blog says:

    [...] menu openID.Αν και ο μηχανικός του Facebook, Luke Shepard, στη σελίδαhttp://www.insidefacebook.com/2009/05/18/facebook-launches-openid-support-users-can-now-login-with-a…αναφέρει πως η σύνδεση στο Gmail θα σημαίνει απο εδώ και [...]

  38. Leslie Arienta says:

    my password got dropped several times and now I am unable to log in my Facebook account

  39. Wird OpenID dank Facebook ubiquitär? - notizBlog says:

    [...] steht Facebook ja noch am Anfang der Implementation. Es werden sicherlich noch einige Features (zumal Facebook die OpenID-Registrierung ja schon angekündigt hat) folgen und kreativ ist die bisherige Idee [...]

  40. articles-twitter-facebook « Stefanm, my link collection says:

    [...] Facebook launches OpenID support, the users can now log in with their gmail accounts; [...]

  41. Linh says:

    Does this work for anyone? I can’t get facebook to login with my google account. It just shows the login page anytime I go to FB

  42. EILEEN says:

    HOLA AYUDENME COMO ME CONECTO AL FACEBOOK POR MEDIO DE SURS-IP ES QUE ACA EN LA CLINICA ME LO BLOQUEARON

  43. David Recordon to Join Facebook as Senior Open Programs Manager says:

    [...] Earlier this year, Facebook joined the OpenID board of directors as a corporate sustaining member, and said that users would soon thereafter be able to login to the site via OpenID. One month later, the feature launched. [...]

  44. Facebook Launches OpenID Support for Web.de and GMX in Germany says:

    [...] Facebook joined the OpenID board of directors as a corporate sustaining member, and one month later launched OpenID login support with Gmail. Just yesterday, OpenID advocate David Recordon announced he would be joining the company next week [...]

  45. mohamed el fares says:

    ok

  46. mohamed el fares says:

    ok yas

  47. amrith says:

    I tried to link my facebook account with Verisign PIP and it failed. I can’t see any indication from others that this works; has someone got this to work?

  48. facebook applications says:

    It helps and some people feel great ease. Thanks facebook.

  49. D says:

    My linked account doesn’t work. I still have to sign in to facebook manually. It shows that my linked account to google was accepted. Please help. Thanks!

  50. Malik Athuman says:

    im now a member of gmail

  51. Malik Athuman says:

    i like gmail

  52. Zohaib Bardai says:

    Wow, Its really great feature to use Gmail and OpenID. Thanks for info

  53. helyly710 says:

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  54. Can OpenID be a honey trap in the hands of the wrong providers? « E.T. Official Blog says:

    [...] of the wrong providers? Can OpenID be a honey trap in the hands of the wrong providers? Last week Facebook announced it has become an OpenID relying party: any user with OpenID URI can seamlessly login and register to Facebook. After users link their [...]

  55. Ivan the trust seal guy says:

    It’s good as long as it’s user friendly and easy to manage!

  56. TGIF Social Internet Marketing Weekly Wrap Up says:

    [...] Facebook Connect Includes Google through OpenID from Inside Facebook: Great news and a definite sign of the times. [...]

  57. Facebook acepta OpenID como identificador says:

    [...] Vía | Inside Facebook. [...]

  58. designed by Nicki Walter » Blog Archive » Login to Facebook by linking you Gmail account! says:

    [...] Login to Facebook by linking you Gmail account! via insidefacebook.com [...]

  59. daryl greene says:

    I cannot login to facebook on my laptop computer. I can not login on my blackberry storm 2, to the main site. It will not accept my password and email combination. I know my password. I am so frustrated. I have been through this for weeks. I just want to be able to login when I want to. Now, I can’t do that. I am frustrated as hell!

  60. mahady says:

    i am a collage student.my name is mahady.I want…………

  61. mariann says:

    9 FV dollars vanished when a pop up said i could finis my stable for 9FV dollars and i clicked on it. My stable did not get finised and my FV dollars are 0??

  62. toni holmes says:

    that facebook is the best thing u can go on to chatch 2 ur mates and family.

  63. MORATUA says:

    Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

  64. TommyWillB says:

    Once you link your accounts, does that give Facebook access to your GMail/Yahoo address books? Can they see my personal data on Gmail/Yahoo?

  65. eva says:

    i have linked my Gmail account with my facebook
    i tried to log in but it cant

    somebody help me please !!

  66. Alex says:

    Congrats to Facebook for becoming a relaying party. But why not give users an interface to login with OpenID?

    You’ve essentially installed a new fancy lock on your door and painted over the key hole.

    As I’ve read elsewhere, Facebook doesn’t have an OpenID link on the login page because most users do not know what OpenID is. How ’bout letting them know. In the very least, you could have an alternate OpenID login page.

    What game are you playing?

  67. lakhbir says:

    please this a/c open in facebook

  68. Kunal says:

    hey srry if itz a stupid ques… i have linked my gmail account with my facebook account… but still when i have logged in with gmail… nd then open facebook in a new tab… it displays the login page..! …. help me guyss…

  69. Ivan says:

    I agree with Alex. Facebook should let users now when they do something. :angry:

  70. sara says:

    i am new on net but i like face book very much

  71. sara says:

    will any body tell me that how to make an id on face book

  72. vina says:

    I already linked fb acc to my gmail acc,,but still cant worked..I still have to log on to my fb manually,,eventhough I loged into my gmail…is there anyone can help??
    thanks

  73. daniela says:

    q feos

  74. hacker says:

    Personly I feel sorry for whom that had an account on any site before all this login with facebook. Now facebook as you know it has your info, You have to think twice.

  75. rapidah ahmad says:

    hai sye rapidah ahmad harap kmu semua add sye d fb

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