I just read Simon Willison‘s post about idproxy.net.

It’s funny, I just talked about such a service in a previous post and also mentioned I’m working on the same service. I was suppose to release it a week ago but had some other issues to attend to as well as some learning curve with using JanRains’ PHP OpenID library and only manage to get it almost working yesterday. I was planning on release it this week, but since Simon already released idproxy.net I’m rethinking that :-)

I guess when you snooze you loose.

My approach was a little different. I wanted to lower the barrier of sign in a bit more and was thinking more in the form of a fixed user that you’ll use to sign in.

For example, if my Yahoo account is someone@yahoo.com I would use the following URL to sign into an OpenID supported site:


My service will simply delegate you to Yahoo and Yahoo will have to handle all the necessary phishing stuff on their own (which they actually do).

I think I’ll ping Simon and have a little chat about our ideas for such a service :-)