OpenID is an excellent solution for establishing a single identity for all your online accounts, but many people haven’t even tried it yet. One of the criticisms of OpenID's usability is the reliance on URLs for identifiers since people seem more comfortable identifying themselves by their email address.
Emailtoid remedy this problem by turning email addresses into fully qualified OpenID URLs. Once an account has been created on Emailtoid associating an email addresses with an existing OpenID (AOL, WordPress, etc), supporting relying parties can accept email addresses as identifiers without needing to ask for passwords.
How to do it?
- First, you’ll need an OpenID account. You can check here, if you don’t already own one then just create one from any of the official OpenID providers: ClaimID, myOpenID, myVidoop, myID.net and VeriSign’s Personal Identity Provider.
- Go to Email to ID and add your OpenID account along with the email address you want to associate with it. You can add multiple addresses if you want. You’ll receive an email with an access key you can enter to complete the connection or you can simply click the link in the email. Either way works fine.
- That’s it!
How to use your new email to ID account on a service? Now that you’ve linked your email address with your OpenID account, you can use your familiar email address on any site that supports it. In this example, we’ll use the popular social bookmarking service, Magnolia.
- Go to the Magnolia sign in page and enter your email address in the OpenID box instead of the usual OpenID URL.
- You’ll be redirected to a confirmation page on your OpenID provider’s site. Click continue to complete the transaction.
- That’s it. You’re done. No need to enter tedious profile information or even a password. Just create the screen name you want and the email address and you’re done with the sign-up process in a fraction of the time that it usually takes. Email to ID and OpenID handles all of the dirty work for you.