LiveJournal now supports OpenID <http://openid.net/>. You've probably
this option when you go and leave a comment.
If you're confused, that's understandable: OpenID is a little new, and
make more sense as an increasing number of sites on the web start to
In a nutshell, OpenID lets you take your identity with you, proving to
sites on the web that you own a particular URL. LiveJournal's OpenID
lets you use your LiveJournal identity (just your URL) on other websites
take OpenID, and also lets you take your non-LiveJournal identity and
What does this mean?
-- leaving comments on other blog sites, and proving who you are
-- being able to add/trust/ban people as friends who don't have
-- off-site LJ utilities that require you to prove your identity
It'll get more exciting as other sites start to support it. DeadJournal,
it uses the LiveJournal software, will likely be the first. As time goes
there's rumors of upcoming support in Movable Type, WordPress,
Bugzilla, TypePad, TypeKey, b2, TextPattern, perl.org, and a bunch of
In a nutshell, whenever you see this little logo: , that means enter
LiveJournal URL if you want to prove to that site who you are.
ask you to confirm if you trust them, or you can say "trust that site
*Never enter your password on a non-LiveJournal site.* A site using
doesn't need your password, and if they ask for it, they're trying to
That's it for now. More announcements as we continue to polish our
support and more sites support it. DeadJournal should be this Friday, I