Implementing OpenID for Your Social Networking Site

Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington UniversityOn December 13th, 2007, I gave a technical presentaton to the Washington DC Ruby on Rails Users Group. This was my third presentation of the year for this organization and, as always, the audience was both friendly and indisputably interested in learning about key technologies like OpenID.

As usual, the venue at George Washington University, in the Media and Public Affairs building, was quite nice as well. Many thanks to Chris Selmer for his work in making this venue available to the group.

The Presentation

For my presentation, which is now available in PDF form online, I chose what I think is a key topic within the Internet community: "Implementing OpenID for Your Social Networking Web Site."

Presentation: Implementing OpenID for Your Social Networking Web SIte. There are thousands of social networking sites, each with their own unique sign-on systems. How many user names and passwords do you really want to remember? Wouldn't it be nice if you could have a single sign-on that you could use on all of the sites that you frequent?

Welcome to the realm of OpenID, an open-source, decentralized authentication scheme that allows users to: 1) choose who maintains their identity information, and 2) use their identities across the many thousands of sites that already support OpenID.

In this presentation, you'll learn how OpenID works, how to add support for it to your social networking web site and how OpenID can make your web site accessible to the millions of people who already use OpenID ... including every single AOL user.


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