Account Linking

Supply and demand! The Internet’s proven to be a social juggernaut in the past few years, with countless places for users to discuss and share ideas. An emerging business dilemma is that there are so many new sites each week that some people are getting tired of creating new accounts for them all. The demand for a single sign-on future is huge, and many competitors are scrambling to offer the desired supply of tools to meet users’ needs.

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OpenID: Pro’s and Con’s

January 17, 2011

Just five years ago, the Internet was ripe to expose a perfect concoction of interactive design coupled with applications catering to the user experience. More people were discovering information, participating in discussions, sharing content and purchasing.  Yet just as we welcomed in the age of Web 2.0, there was something missing for the average user: a means of accessing the growing numbers of sites easily and securely.

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Most websites are offering social sign-in services to allow for a streamlined account sign-in for their customer. With a social sign-on your business can focus on welcoming the customer instead of collecting their information. Gigya offers social sign-on for a multitude of social networks and allows your customer to choose the sign-on identity from the social network of their choosing.  

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Gigya is to social media what the Swiss Army Knife is to camping—a lifesaver. While there are hundreds of other plugins to choose from, Gigya offers a centralized service with a GUI-interfaced console and analytical tools. Their scalable services have been implemented by the likes of ABC, ESPN, Reuters, Time and Turner.

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Facebook Open Graph

Facebook and Open Graph have effectively begun the process of integrating the social network into the rest of the web. The question is, what does this mean for the future of media outlets, third-party websites and developers, and other, competing social networking environments?

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There is one reality all of us are familiar with: multiple accounts. It’s hard to find somebody who is at least a semi-regular on the web surfer who doesn’t maintain multiple accounts. For example, an person may have:

  • several email accounts - perhaps one Yahoo account plus two Gmail accounts (one personal and one "family" account that is shared with family members)
  • a Twitter account for personal and business interests
  • a Facebook account  for keeping up with their social graph.
  • a PayPal account for online commerce
  • a Windows Live Messenger account for chat
  • etc.

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