OpenID Makes it Easier for Yahoo! Users to Set Up a Google Account
Article by George Norman
On 20 Sep 2010
If you want to create a Google Account, you typically have to go through these steps:

Step 1. Go to Google Accounts. On the webpage click on Create an account now.
Step 2. Provide all the required info; things like first and last name, desired login name, password, and so on. In the Word Verification section you need to type in the characters you see in the image (CAPTCHA). When you are done providing all the required info, click I accept Create my account tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. You will be directed to a webpage where you are congratulated for creating a new Google Account: “Welcome to Google Accounts! Your account username is USERNAME. In order to verify that the email address associated with your account is correct, we've sent an email to EMAIL ADDRESS. Please make sure you click the link provided in the email,” says the message.

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This last step can prove to be a pain in the unmentionables. You have to access your email account, sift through your emails, find the one that Google sent you (chances are it is in the Spam folder), then click the link included in the email. Mountain View-based search engine giant Google realized that this process does not provide the best user experience – so it decided to do something about it.

Google decided to go with OpenID , an internet standard that provides a better experience to Yahoo! users by not having them click a link in an email. After Yahoo! users set up an account, they will see the page below.

Click the “Verify by signing in at yahoo.com” button and you will be sent to Yahoo! for verification. You will see the page below, which asks for your consent to share your email address with Google.


Click the Agree button and you are done. You can start using any service that Google provides.

“We have found that a much larger number of people complete the email verification process when this method is used. In the future we hope to expand this feature to other email providers,” commented Senior Product Manager on the Google Security team, Eric Sachs.



Tags: Google, Yahoo!, OpenID
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