Some news remain rather unnoticed sometimes although they could be relevant on a larger scale. Dmitry Shechtman of phpb.cc had a closer look at MyBlogLog’s announcement of Twitter support and discovered that MyBlogLog is about to support OpenID which was confirmed by MyBlogLog’s community manager Robyn Tippins.
Users can already add their OpenID to their profile page (see screenshot below), though they can’t use it yet. Of course, it is a good idea to add support for OpenID because MyBlogLog seems to be heading for an online identity provider; support for Twitter is an indication, I think. However this moves makes me wonder what Yahoo’s stance on sign-on and registration really is (MyBlogLog was acquired by Yahoo in January).
There has been a massive brouhaha about Flickr’s (another Yahoo property) announcement to require Yahoo user names in January. Something similar has happened just a few weeks ago when Upcoming.org turned to upcoming.yahoo.com; a Yahoo ID is required there as well. So on one hand Yahoo is pushing its own Single Sign-On system, on the other hand MyBlogLog is about to support OpenID.
Is Yahoo just experimenting with OpenID or is this another strange strategy no one really understands? By the way, Yahoo ID’s can be used as OpenID’s already. Check out Simon Willison’s idproxy.net.