Google has been unifying their login system across devices and websites alike with Google+ authentication, and it looks like Feedly was going to jump in on the game. They were going to transition their own Feedly service from Google OAuth (the old Google authentication system) to the new Google+ login system that is being widely adopted. But then they decided to roll back to Google OAuth. Read Feedly’s press release below.
When we created feedly a few years ago, we made the decision to use Google OAuth as our authentication service. The goal was to let users safely login with their existing Google identity instead of having to create and manage yet another identify.
Google has been slowly transitioning from Google OAuth to Google+ as their unifying identity system. This transition opens the door to interesting opportunities like simpler login across devices – and a lot more.
We are following on Google’s lead and transitioning feedly from Google OAuth to Google+ login.
You will see this transition surface on cloud.feedly.com this week and on Android and iOS later this month.
This will also open the door to some interesting sharing features we have been working on – more on this in a couple of weeks.
We also understand that some people would prefer to have more identity choices. So we have been testing twitter, facebook and wordpress login options. We will be rolling them out over the next 7 weeks.
[Update 1: the fact that this changing is forcing users to create a Google+ profile and that Google+ is not available in some companies and on some Google Apps domains outweighs the benefit of being about to login more seamlessly across devices. So we are going to rollback this change later this afternoon – Friday 1:00pm PST. We will try to make it optional in the future for some users who like Google+. Thanks for the feedback].
[Update 2: The change has been rolled back: you can now go tohttp://cloud.feedly.com and login using the old Google Authentication mechanism. The main lesson we learned here is that user should control how they want to login to login to their feedly. We will make sure not to forget this. Have a good week end].
Looks like Google is succeeding in getting sites to move to the new Google+ login system which in turn is getting more users signed up to Google+. But in this case some Feedly users didn’t take to it.