Starting Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, you will no longer have to create a separate Akismet.com account. Automattic has fully integrated its WordPress.com account system as a single-sign-on point (SSO) of access for you to access Akismet.com.
As part of this integration, Auttomatic made the decision to merge all existing Akismet.com accounts into WordPress.com and create new WordPress.com accounts from them.
This has both positives and negatives.
Why it’s a good thing.
I like single-sign-on. Let’s look at Flickr.com and Yahoo! as an example. Flickr.com let’s you login with multiple different SSO options, including Yahoo!. Using SSO let’s you focus on remembering a single login, rather than just another username and password combination.
One less user/pass to remember means your username and passwords can be more secure. If Flickr.com were to get hacked, they wouldn’t be able to expose your username and password to the hackers, because they never had it to begin with. Instead, they just had an access token — no harm done, sort of.
Why is it a bad thing?
What if I don’t want a WordPress.com account? Automattic is forcing the hand for anyone that wants to have an Akismet account, to register on its WordPress.com service. This will boost its user count on WordPress.com, but the inflated numbers will be minimal at best — I can’t imagine they have millions of registrations to begin with for Akismet.com.
Overall, I’m happy to see the change. I already have a WordPress.com account, which I use for Jetpack, so it’s not a bother for me to simply click “sign in with WordPress.com”.
Congrats to the Automattic team for accomplishing this integration.