…my personal info!
I’m complaining about every site you come to requiring registration. Dudes, it’s 2010 — there’s OpenID. Let me just log in by clicking on “Google” icon or by entering my self-hosted OpenID or something.
I also hate Google’s implementation not letting me uncheck “Google Contacts” or similar when logging in with OpenID. I don’t want those a**holes getting all my contacts just so I can comment — that is, despite being faster, even worse than taking a few extra minutes to register and share just some of my info. I don’t want them having all my info. Not only that; Google actually thinks it’s a good idea they don’t provide those checkboxes.
Then there’s those guys who use Facebook Connect. This means I share all my Facebook contacts and a bunch of extra data with whoever owns the site I’m trying to log in. Seriously? Facebook, please — all I wanted during the last few years is an option to uncheck all (and I mean all) the data I don’t want to share with a particular app. Including list of my contacts, Facebook! It’s none of their business, Facebook.
Webmasters are horrible. Tech blogs are horrible. However, identity providers are worse.
If you use Facebook and XMPP, rejoice. You can now get spammed via your favorite Jabber client: iChat, Pidgin, Adium, Psi, Finch, Meebo or any other that allows you to configure custom server (gtalk not included).
Federationing not supported.
Probably a fail for privacy, but a win for openness.
Allow plaintext authentication: No
Your username is your “vanity URL” suffix, for example firstlast in http://www.facebook.com/firstlast – so create this alias if you didn’t already.
Most recent example:
I don’t want everyone on my friend list to be know my friend list. Perhaps I have a few friends in the mafia and in the law enforcement, too. Or maybe I just work for two competing companies at the same time. Providing this setting is quite important to me, but it doesn’t seem that is so for Facebook.
Sigh. So I should just shut up because I don’t pay for the service nor do I click on the links? That’s a flawed logic. If someone offers me a free bag of chips, is it ok if that bag is spoiled? Is it ok if that’s the only way to stay in touch with some of my friends?
Permission management similar to that for other options (“only friends, but customized to not include those in group Limited profile…”) would be great. But I won’t be holding my breath.
According to Slashdot, that’s what happened. I don’t really find much use for FriendFeed (I’d have an information overload, if everyone I knew used it). But I have handed them over a list of services I used, and they happily fed off the data I provided about my use habits.
And I was ok with that.
But Facebook is kind-of … not very widely known for its care about users’ privacy, is it? So the only thing I left active on my FriendFeed account is a link to this blog. I may close the account completely, if there’s a link, because I find it enough to have a single Facebook account, thankyouverymuch.
That reminds me, I should clean up the Facebook account of the more private data, too.