Making your life easier
In my quest to garner as many comments on this blog as possible, I’ve always opened commenting up to everyone who had the patience to navigate to the “Post a Comment” form. Some months ago, when I upgraded to another version of Movable Type, I added the ability to sign in with TypeKey, so that you wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of filling out your name, e-mail address, and URL each time you post a comment.
Lately, that functionality has been slightly broken, as TypeKey would always throw an error each time you logged in – it would work if you pressed the “try again” link. By upgrading to Movable Type 3.2 last night, that problem is now fixed.
But very few people ever used TypeKey in conjunction with my weblog. So today, I’m happy to announce that, whenever you comment on a blog entry of mine, you can now sign in using your LiveJournal username and password. That’s not a typo: LiveJournal.
This is all thanks to the OpenID Client for Movable Type. OpenID is a distributed identity system that will allow you to use the account you have with one website on countless others. (It was started by Brad Fitzpatrick, the founder of LiveJournal, which makes plenty of sense.) Once enough services support OpenID, I’ll open up signins to more websites; for now, it’s just for LiveJournal users. If you use another service like Xanga or MySpace, contact them to let them know you want OpenID.