Google, IBM and Verisign to join OpenID platform?

Shortly after the news broke out that Google, Plaxo and Facebook had joined the DataPortability platform, TechCrunch is reporting that Google, IBM and Verisign are all planning to join the OpenID bandwagon.

Brad Fitzpatrick, who is now working at Google and represents the Search Giant on the Dataportability platform, developed OpenID which is a "free and easy way to use a single digital identity across the Internet".

A suitable comparison would be Microsoft's Passport solution which allows any user with an account to move seamlessly from a MSN messenger account to a Microsoft Live online page without having to login again.

There are also rumours that Yahoo is also going to join the 6-month old OpenID which would give the foundation even more momentum and put more pressure on Microsoft, Amazon or Ebay to join in.

As for the DataPortability previously announced, it will be particularly interesting for privacy advocates and observers to test what impact, if any this is going to have on the Open Social project.