Last December, TypePad Connect was announced as a way to bring a new level of visibility into blog posts, comments and other action taking place on weblogs. The commenting system offered by TypePad allowed your blog to have threaded comments, commenter profile pictures and allowed blog owners to block spam comments and read/reply to comments within email.
The blogging platform provider has now announced that you can easily sign into TypePad Connect with less fuss by using an existing account you probably already have including Yahoo, Google, Blogger, AIM, Vox and many more.
According to TypePad's blog announcement for this new add-on feature, this minute change to the sign-in process means more than half a billion users can sign-in to TypePad Connect using their existing credentials.
The Promise of Single Sign-On
Why is this announcement regarding TypePad Connect newsworthy? Because it is a step towards an idea known as single sign-on.
The sign-on problem, as we all know, is that users of various websites have usernames and passwords spread out throughout the web. For example, for your Google services you use one username and for Yahoo or your online banking, you have another unique username and password.
The idea behind single sign-on is to give you one set of credentials that can be used wherever you go on the web.
OpenID is a standard method of user authentication for the Internet. So far, some major names like Microsoft and Google have jumped behind the standard. But OpenID has yet to take off as a mainstream tool.
With more companies and services, such as TypePad Connect, supporting centralized user credentials, we are slowly but steadily coming closer to realizing the benefits of a single sign-on across the Internet.
Hopefully Catching On
With more companies announcing support for single sign-on, hopefully the idea will start to take off within mainstream web users. Currently, OpenID is popular in the web/tech geek crowd and with more announcements such as TypePad Connect supporting other web services' credentials, in time we may see an end to trying to remember which username and password to type in when prompted.