The BBC is to join the OpenID foundation – the body behind the system where website users can have one username across different participating sites.
The decision, announced by Jem Stone, portfolio executive for the BBC Future Media and Technology (FM&T) department’s social media group, on the BBC Internet blog, puts the corporation alongside Google and Yahoo, who have already adopted the scheme.
Similarly Telegraph.co.uk announced plans to introduce OpenID at the beginning of the year.
However, the system will not be immediately available on bbc.co.uk, Stone explained.
“However, at this stage, and wary of being named and shamed here, this doesn’t mean that we are going to immediately be offering OpenIDs on bbc.co.uk or even promising to do so. We would want to make absolutely sure that this is right for users, is secure and can be implemented properly across all the BBC’s many services.”
Stone’s thoughts are backed up by Ian Forrester, senior producer with the FM&T, who said in an email:
“If we were to do OpenID it would have to be pretty joined up, otherwise people would loose faith in the technology and have bad experiences. This is something I hear about some of the other (can anyone say on the bandwagon) OpenID providers.”