Wikispaces now allows you to login using OpenID. This is a great addition to Wikispaces and another success for OpenID but why is it important for you?
You may have noticed that when you want to use a new website, you typically have to create a new user account. You choose a username, a password, maybe give your email address, set your timezone, and so on. Using OpenID means that instead of creating a new account on each website you use, you can just login using your OpenID account.
In addition to this convenience, using OpenID means that your password only needs to be stored by your OpenID provider which makes things simpler and more secure for you.
The OpenID system is open, decentralized, and free. OpenID.net says,
Nobody should own this. Nobody’s planning on making any money from this. The goal is to release every part of this under the most liberal licenses possible, so there’s no money or licensing or registering required to play. It benefits the community as a whole if something like this exists, and we’re all a part of the community.
That’s the kind of statement and commitment we’re glad to get behind. So we’re proud and pleased to be able to support OpenID.
If you’re interested in getting started with OpenID, you could use your WordPress, AOL (go to http://openid.aol.com/yourAOLusername), or TypeKey accounts, or sign up with someone like MyOpenID. OpenID.net also has a more complete list of providers.