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What does "Sign into my retail website with your FB, Twitter, etc. account" mean?

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KVRAF
 
5549 posts since 4 May, 2007, from Mars Colony

Postby A.M. Gold; Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:34 pm What does "Sign into my retail website with your FB, Twitter, etc. account" mean?

I just encountered this for the first time at a site that had a free sample based instrument offered.

Why does a retailer want me to sign in with my Facebook or Twitter account? :?
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KVRAF
 
8853 posts since 12 Mar, 2012, from South Bavaria - near the alps... :-)

Postby Tricky-Loops; Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:53 pm Re: What does "Sign into my retail website with your FB, Twitter, etc. account" mean?

Maybe to get some personal data from you?
KVRAF
 
9272 posts since 20 Oct, 2007

Postby jancivil; Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:46 pm Re: What does "Sign into my retail website with your FB, Twitter, etc. account" mean?

I've had a Soundcloud and a Bandcamp account I initially logged onto via Facebook. Which I did out of abject laziness. It didn't mean anything to me subsequently, or not that I ever noticed. I think if I deleted all my logins and I forgot my Facebook login it would be a slight PITA.

I think you could be in grave danger of being notified of tweets if you do it that way.
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5549 posts since 4 May, 2007, from Mars Colony

Postby A.M. Gold; Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:01 pm Re: What does "Sign into my retail website with your FB, Twitter, etc. account" mean?

Whenever I've done this "log in to extraneous website with Facebook, Twitter" I always get this opt-in dialog which says something to the effect that "this application can read your tweets, post tweets for you, see who you follow and follow people", which just sounds downright godawful. I'm not really sure how literally to take all that stuff, though.

I dislike the whole idea of a retailer wanting me to sign in with a social networking account. Seems very, very fishy to me, and also kind of hard to explain in any other way than fishy.
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