- Signing up using Facebook Connect, OpenID, OAuth... Oh My!
One of the principles we've applied to the AddyMate service is that users shouldn't have to painstakingly replicate all the profile & contact info they've created on other online services. One of my biggest gripes has been creating account names & passwords for all the services out there. Sometimes I get lucky & get to specify the common username that I've used on other services. But in some cases I have to come up with a choice that makes it hard for me to recollect what I'd chosen. It's even more harder with passwords when services have their own security rules to conform to. We decided we'd use a method that would leverage an attribute that users would remember easily - their email address. More so, we wanted to leverage users' ability to reuse their existing login credentials at Google, Yahoo & Facebook through delegated logins - no more "borrowing" passwords. These mechanisms leverage open standards that have been the basis for a lot of the cross platform synchronization functionalities built into AddyMate - OpenID, OAuth & Facebook Connect. Thus, when you signup & login into AddyMate you'll have the choice to use the traditional email/password method or use the delegated methods using OpenID, OAuth &/or Facebook Connect. The latter 3 methods are preferable because it helps us to automatically populate your Profile & import your contacts, all in one seamless flow at the time of signup. You also have the ability to link any & all of these services even after you've signed up. This enables you to choose any of the delegated login mechanisms to login into your AddyMate account. By adding all your email addresses to your profile we help you consolidate your dispersed identities into one unified AddyMate profile. Just another thing we've done to make life a little less complicated.
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