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Thread: I think it's absolutely fucking ridiculous when social media sites link accounts

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    Default I think it's absolutely fucking ridiculous when social media sites link accounts

    I have a feeling that if a poll were taken, an extremely high percentage of people would dislike the idea of linking an email account with Youtube or any other similar combination. Quite simply: people value avoiding any risk to their privacy much more than whatever slight convenience linking accounts will provide.

    It's almost as if these social media companies know that there is almost unanimous dissatisfaction on the idea of linking accounts, but they figure most of those people won't be upset enough to really do anything about it. Meanwhile, by linking various social media accounts, they do better business by forcing people that may really only use one social media site often to have another web presence on another social media site.

    Furthermore, I've noticed that such social media sites are quite pushy about making you link the accounts, with constant prompts at the log-in screen. On the other hand, it is rather difficult to disconnect the accounts once they've been linked. Perhaps not extremely difficult, but it's usually hidden deep enough in your preferences that many people wouldn't just stumble upon it.

    It's just annoying that these companies seem to have zeroed in on a way to get what they want by pissing people off to a considerable extent, but not enough to create popular outrage.


    This guy puts the concerns of many people simply and accurately.
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    I know I should maybe care about this stuff, but I don't at all. I link sync with my Facebook as often as I can, saves me some trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebDudette View Post
    I know I should maybe care about this stuff, but I don't at all. I link sync with my Facebook as often as I can, saves me some trouble.
    See, my thing is that: Sure it's a little bit more convenient to just click the "log-in with Facebook" button, but no one was complaining before there was this big movement to link every social media website possible. Furthermore, I hate how many email sites changed the format so that you have to have a "profile" and not just an email account.
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    I dislike this behaviour too. Although I can see it being convenient for both the constructors of the web pages and those who do not mind sharing all of their information everywhere.
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    I think it's absolutely fucking ridiculous when people spout hyperbolic vitriol.

    I think account linking is mildly annoying.
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    I never used gmail but it is pretty annoying you can't sign into youtube with your username anymore if you make a new account

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    It used to mildly annoy me; but it really doesn't matter.

    The dude in the video is probably mad he can't call people "fags" without others knowing who he is. Such a tragic loss.
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