I personally DO NOT WANT THIS. I don’t want all my internet accounts to be linked together. I don’t want to FB connect the world. I don’t want any random Googler to be able to procure a profile of me and my interests in a 2 second search. Internet is freedom only while its anonymous.
Websites that use OpenID/FB Connect have been nothing but a pain in the ass. Want an account from me? Sure, here is an email and password (a la Mint.com), because thats all you need, not my ID (“Open” or otherwise). That’s exactly two fields that are actually required to “identify” an account. You want to please your users? Make those the only required pieces of information to register. Its way faster and simpler than OpenID, your users will appreciate it.
If your website uses OpenID or FB connect as a primary means to “register” that’s about a 90% chance right there that I wont be using it.
Honestly, Jeff, I don’t know why you preach this tech so much. I consider this one of the few big design mistakes of SO. I never have used my OpenID anywhere else and I had to make two already because my Verisign OpenID provider was an exceptional pain in the ass to use. Then you, the developer, had to go and code up a way so that your users could change their openids or assign multiple ids or switch between them. Why?!!! Where is the so called convenience for you or me?? If you just required an email and password (and perhaps a username, since its a publicly facing acct) for SO neither you nor me would have these problems.
So stop it. OpenID is a terrible idea. Its used by companies that want to own and track your “online presence,” to the user it brings no convenience whatsoever.