Small Tip: Use your Google Account OpenID URL. But, What’s The URL?

Simplified (Inaccurate) Background About OpenID

Some websites allow you instead of registering and logging-in (meaning re-entering the same information you entered before in so many other sites), to enter what is called Open ID URL, which is a URL given by a another website that you already logged in and has your information (called OpenID provider).

Once you enter the URL and continue, you get redirected to the OpenID provider confirmation page whether you want to be able to login to the new website using the same login,which gets redirected back to the new website but this time as logged in user.

If your OpenID provider is a popular provider, like Yahoo or Google or so, some websites will give you a shortcut to writing the URL at login by just selecting the provider from a predefined list of providers in the login page. If your provider is not in the list, or the website does not offer any shortcut list at all, you should be able to know your OpenID URL to enter same as you know your User ID or so.

Google and OpenID

The first relation between Google and OpenID started with Blogger. It first accepted logging in to write comments on Blogger using OpenID, and had Blogger itself become an OpenID provider (you enter your blog URL as your OpenID URL). Why Google did this to Blogger accounts only not all Google Accounts (used for Gmail, etc..)? I don’t know. I think this is because Blogger accounts were not yet merged with Google Accounts at this time.

Later Google as a whole became an OpenID provider for all Google Accounts (AKA Gmail Logins), with different OpenID URL. This means if you have Blogger account, you have two different OpenID URLs offered by Google each maps to DIFFERENT LOGIN. Again, maybe because of backward compatibility or whatsoever.

If your real blog is not on blogger, and you use your Gmail account primarily, you may want to use the Google Accounts Open ID URL as your OpenID login to all websites that support logging in with OpenID, but, unlike the easiness of remembering a Blogger blog URL, the Google Accounts Open ID URL is a bit ugly and you might not know about it.

Well, here is the Google Accounts Open ID URL (yeah, the entire blog post is about this single line):

https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id

Note: You do NOT replace the part “ID” with your Google Account user-name/email. The OpenID URL is “AS IS” above whatever the Google Account ID is..

 

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  • it’s a good tip. I always thought my http://yourId.pip.verisignlabs.com is long and ugly, but google made it worse. if they can get it shorter and simpler, I will move to using it.

    thanks.

  • Well, the point of OpenID is a single login for all websites. If you are changing your OpenID URL, you are changing the login that is meant to be only one login.
    If we are changing your OpenID URL and logging to the same websites, there is no way to tell that you are the same person with the old OpenID URL.

  • ok, that’s somehow true . I saw something cool on stackoverflow.com . they allow the users to associate 2 OpenIds together.

    you can have 2 OpenIds connected to the same account. and you can login using any one of them.

    you can go do this by logging in then going to your profile and clicking the [newlogin] link.

    I don’t know if other websites support something like that. I think in a situation like using your openId to comment on a blog or something, this idea won’t be perfect. but the way stackoverflow did it, can work with services that require registration only IMO.

  • Yeah, I know what you mean, because I suffered from this particular problem with StackOverFlow before it enabled this feature :D (and was happy to see it working, but had issues with it, can’t remember what now).

    But not many websites enable that, and I bet not many websites “will” do that. It just isn’t a common trend now. Everybody is competing to be your OpenID provider, which is another topic that many blogged about!

  • Thanks for the info. I use my blogspot account as an OPENID account, but didnt know that much info about OPENID. As usual a shining post :)

  • Just read the comments now.. We can always share a TinyUrl that is shorter & more meaningful.. some thing like http://tinyurl.com/gOpenID (I really created it right now :D)

  • Brilliant idea!
    Man, again and again, you are a genius, and I’m a big fat stupid brain!

    I was afraid the redirection wouldn’t work with some sites. I tried it with StackOverFlow now and it works; hopefully it works with other OpenID websites as well.

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    Can someone tell me what the google openid URL would be. All I see is this “https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id” which never works when I cut and paste it (the instructions say NOT to replace id with my google username/email). Thanks.

  • When I click on your URL it shows as https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id%22 not https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id

    Can you please tell me the sample site where you used it? Make sure you enter https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id exactly without spaces or quotes or any difference, otherwise, send me the URL of the site you are trying against and I’ll check it.

    Did you also check the shortened URL Shady created?
    http://tinyurl.com/gOpenID
    It’s just a shortcut to the same URL.

    Try again, and tell me.

  • Crap. THat last comment I posted with the Apps for Domains version of the url does NOT work.

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    nice one (Y)

  • Very cute :-)))),

  • Great work,webmaster,nice design!,

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    Mohamed Meligy, you saved my day. Thanks for this post!

  • Great

  • Dasharath Santra
  • great!

  • Rob

    Hmmm… that link doesn’t seem to work for me. It just forces me to download an XML file :( Did this change with all the google+ updates?

    • Anonymous

      This XML file is right result. You are not expected to be entering that URL in the browser, but in the site you want to login to using your Google ID. When the site is referring you later, you’ll see the normal Google confirmation page whether to allow this site or not.

      • Tom

        How is it working? Because I have made a comment on some blog with that url and although the authentication works (blogger was asking my account whether it can use my email) the end results shows the caption “id” instead of my profile name and after clicking it leads to nothing connected with my google profile. In other words: People can’t identify who made the comment. Thanks for clarifying.

  • i wanted to know something more openid code for getting domain link