According to Jolie at RWW, there are 1 billion enabled user accounts and 9 million participating sites. This is an encouraging turn around from a bit over a year ago when adoption was flagging and the future of the specification was in doubt. Jolie also notes increasing, strong support from the US federal government for the technology.
As for the government, at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, DC, earlier this year, the General Services Administration and several government agencies announced they would adopt OpenID as part of the White House’s Open Government Initiative. Participating companies included Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology (CIT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and related agencies.
I hope this means we’ll see innovation beyond mere consolidated authentication. I still want to see commonly available identity services where I can keep one set of my personal data from which I can selectively share bits out to services. I am tired of having to manually coordinate updates across services I use on a regular basis or resigning myself to the inevitable bit rot in these siloed profiles.