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OpenID from 2008 to 2009

A few weeks ago I posted a wrap up of 2008 with a list of eleven amazing accomplishments by the OpenID community last year and that the sheer number of public sites which accept OpenID sign in tripled from under 10,000 in January to over 30,000 at the end of the year. It's was very easy for people to get caught up in doom and gloom last year, but I think this macro look at everything we accomplished really was amazing and a great way to lead into 2009.

This morning we announced that PayPal has joined the Board of the OpenID Foundation along with Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! who were the existing corporate members. I think that PayPal helps to really balance out the types of companies on the board and hopefully will really engage the community when it comes to security and trust. As Michael Calore said on Wired, "There are several issues preventing OpenID from being widely adopted on the web. The issue cited most frequently is the lack of a cohesive, elegant user experience, but there's also a lot of confusion around the issues of security and trust." Like him, I hope that PayPal can help knock one of those items off the list this year.