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So I registered on Stack Overflow the other day, and I was asked if I wanted to register with an already existing account. If I recall correctly the options were Facebook, Gmail and something else I forgot. So I chose Gmail, and it took 200% less time to complete the registration, which I find astonishing. Can you guys please share how you achieved this, the code you use and if you had to speak to those companies (Gmail, Facebook) in order for them to let you implement this system?

I am very curious, and every info is much welcomed and appreciated.

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Read this: code.google.com/apis/accounts/docs/OpenID.html –  Pencho Ilchev Dec 21 '11 at 22:03
    
Blagodarq, Pencho Ilchev. And do twitter, facebook and hotmail(Microsoft) offer similar services? Appreciate the answer. –  user1108267 Dec 22 '11 at 8:08

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Google, Facebook and others use OpenID.
Twitter uses OAuth 1.0a.
Microsoft has their own Live ID.
Your best bet is to use a facade provider such as Janrain.
Also have a look at dotnetOpenAuth if you write your application on top of .NET. I think Stack Exchange uses this library.

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