Facebook joins OpenID Foundation Board with a commitment to better user experience 29

Facebook logoToday we’re excited to join Facebook’s Mike Schroepfer in announcing that they have joined the OpenID Foundation’s board as a sustaining corporate member.

Luke Shepard, a key member of Facebook’s Platform and Connect teams and a huge internal advocate for OpenID, has been selected as their representative and joins the current board of seven community elected board members and six sustaining corporate members: Google, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal (joined last week), VeriSign and Yahoo!. Additionally, to maintain the ratio of community and corporate board members, Joseph Smarr will be joining the board as our eighth community member.

As the OpenID community entered 2009 two key topics have become the focal points on the road to mainstream adoption: user experience and security.

Given the popularity and positive user experience of Facebook Connect, we look forward to Facebook working within the community to improve OpenID’s usability and reach. As a first step, Facebook will be hosting a design summit next week at their campus in Palo Alto which follows a similar summit on user experience hosted at Yahoo! last year. The summit will convene some of the top designers from Facebook, the DiSo Project, Google, JanRain, MySpace, Six Apart and Yahoo!, focusing on how existing OpenID implementations could support an experience similar to Facebook Connect.

Facebook’s financial contribution along with its membership on the board signals the company’s enthusiasm to work more closely with the OpenID community, building up momentum towards their adoption of OpenID as a standard. Facebook furthering its commitment to openness couldn’t have come at a better time to make 2009 an amazing year for OpenID and the wider social web.

For press contacts, please call OpenID Foundation board members David Recordon at 503.341.3009 or Chris Messina at 412.225.1051.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p00d834762c6353ef Mark Simmons

    I’m consistently impressed with the OpenID team and leaders for collaborating and listening to all parts of the web. Keep up the great work. Thanks from “the rest of us” participating and benefiting from your work.

    Congrats to the Facebook team and Joseph.


  • http://realsuccessdynamics.com Jason Barone

    Wow, this is fantastic news. I’m all over the forums and blogs reviewing information about which CMS/platform to use for my site (Drupal/Wordpress/etc) and the community/social integration to my site is extremely important in that. OpenID, Google Friendconnect, Facebook Connect were all considerations in this choice. I’m really glad to see that FB joined OpenID, hopefully there will become a golden standard in this all. Congrats!

  • http://vivirconmenos.blogspot.com/ Santi Casas

    PayPal (security) and Facebook (UX). Just what we need. Good luck.

  • http://www.thesharath.com sharath

    first was plaxo then paypal and finally its facebooks time to join the OpenId league !

  • http://notsorelevant.com/ Carsten Pötter

    Why is Joseph Smarr joining the board? Eran Hammer-Lahav had more votes in the elections.

  • http://shan Shan Chowdhury

    PayPal (security) and Facebook (UX). Just what we need as early as soon.best of luck.

  • http://www.davidrecordon.com/ David Recordon

    @Carsten, while we first contacted Eran as he received more votes in the election than Joseph, he decided to decline the community board seat.

  • http://www.member-to-member.com/ Dana Theus

    This is great news! And not just for the obvious reasons. I am glad to see that critical mass in this budding industry will now start to focus on the usability and security issues. But I think the benefits go far beyond our business models. I think the ability for people to own and manage their own MULTIPLE identities (Personal Identity Management – PIM) is critical for business and also for human psychological reasons. Obviously the two are linked! I explore it more here: http://twurl.nl/cgx51p.

    Good job!

  • Sylvain Maret

    That really a great news. I hope soon we can use OpenID and Facebook

  • http://6pna.com/ Panayiotis Papadopoulos

    It would be really cool to have a new OpenID login ala Connect

  • http://anne-eltriunfodelcorazon.blogspot.com/ anne

    Great news about OpenID on Facebook

  • http://steindls.blogspot.com/ Harald Steindl

    That’s for sure very good news. Both systems are high rollers and if they get along nicely this could be something really serious.

  • http://steindls.blogspot.com/ Harald Steindl

    Very good news. Cant wait to see something serious being done with this join up.

  • http://steindls.blogspot.com/ Harald Steindl

    Good news, now we just have to get to know what to do with it…

  • http://robloach.net/ Rob Loach


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    Eventually we will have just one ID for everything we do to make things simpler and interconnected.

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    Love it!

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