The problem with Facebook Connect

Posted: February 23, 2012 Comments(1)

The problem with Facebook Connect by Dustin Curtis.

I never liked Facebook Connect. A big part of that is because I’ve never had a Facebook account. I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon, especially not to try out an app. The spammy feelings, for me, come after that.

It’s interesting to me that Facebook Connect gets a lot of backlash, but people keep using it. I realize it’s the majority using it, not those of us that truly understand the implications of logging in via Facebook Connect, but there are still lots of us out there.

It makes me wish OpenID survived, single sign on in theory is a good idea, just so long as it’s just that, not the equivalent of leaving your unlocked mobile phone in a bar at a marketing convention.

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  1. It’s oAuth, and oAuth is a good thing. OpenID was a pipe dream, only useful to those who are technically minded.

    The problem he poses is an individual problem. You have the choice to not sign in via Facebook Connect. Oauth implementations show you exactly how the apps can use your data, and what they can do with it. It’s up to you to read their terms of use and know what will be happening if you sign in via Facebook Connect.

    This isn’t just Facebook, either, this happens with other oAuth implementations, too.

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