Later today Facebook will officially become an OpenID relying party. What does that mean? It means that if you wish to register for Facebook using another OpenID provider, you can. Initially the service will not be completely open though. As Facebook will post later today, “To start, new users can now register for Facebook with their Gmail accounts, and existing users can link their Facebook accounts with any OpenID provider to connect with friends and eliminate the need for multiple sign-ins.”
A few weeks ago Facebook officially announced that their OpenID support would go live and today it has become official. The initial concept is to be able to login using your external account and avoid the need to remember multiple passwords and account addresses. While many people simply use an existing email and the same password for practically every account, remember passwords can quickly become annoying.
That’s why Facebook has decided to launch their support of OpenID. What’s interesting about this is that once you are logged in to your OpenID account, you will automatically be logged in to Facebook as well. This also means that you’ll be logged in for all Facebook Connect sites that you’ve previously registered for making the login process much more simplified.
Facebook has been continuing to support open standards and this is a sign of things to come. Facbeook also announced that they would support the new Activity Streams service when they launched the new stream.get and stream.publish methods a few weeks ago. Let us know if you get a chance to test out the new OpenID implementation. We’d love to hear what you think about it.