So recently I wanted to post a comment on a web site and as many web sites are doing these days, I was presented with all kinds of options for logging in via a different service that I might already be logged in to. For example:
So let’s break this down. Here are the various things that happened when I clicked on these options:
- AOL: It appeared to be (at least at the login prompt) simply logging into AOL.
- Google: After clicking on it, a window appeared to pop up and immediately disappear. Was this because I was already logged into Google? But if so, it didn’t help me with my current situation, as the dialog box remained.
- Twitter: The terms of service were:
“Update your profile”? “Post Tweets for you”? I so don’t think so. Not going there.
Should I give up my friends? Would you want me to give up you? I thought not.
- Yahoo! It appeared to be (at least initially) simply a login to the service.
So…do I “trust this application”? Trust it with what, specifically?
Meanwhile, this was all to simply post a stupid comment? Somehow I think the world can get by without my pearls of wisdom just to leave my friends in peace. If I can’t do that for them, then I have no business being their friend to begin with.