This week, at the Open Standards panel at Facebook's f8 developer conference, I had the opportunity to talk about OAuth, OpenID, and other open standards. I did this with Facebook's David Recordon, Luke Shepard, and Naitik Shah, along with Twitter's Raffi Krikorian. Yahoo! was a very early supporter of OAuth, and we're really happy to see OAuth become the industry standard for API authorization, with support from many service providers including Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, MySpace, Netflix, and now most recently... Facebook.
One of the big themes at the f8 conference was about lowering friction for users to engage with websites. Keeping with this theme, OAuth is about lowering friction for developers to engage with APIs. Before OAuth, developers had to read really bad documentation to learn proprietary terminology, use difficult signature algorithms, and perform weird browser gymnastics just to call an API. Despite the apparent differences, under the covers, all of these proprietaryRead More »from Yahoo! and Open Standards at f8