Note to Web Designers (and their management)
I don’t mind giving websites access to my Facebook or Twitter to gain entry into the commenting section of a website. What I will not tolerate is the underhanded and time wasting bullshit of THEN being asked to submit even more info before commenting. Not all websites try and spring this crap on you, but I’ve noticed that WAY TOO MANY are more focused on info gathering than accommodating a smooth user experience.
As you can see in the example above, I am already registered with ZDNET under my Twitter handle. If I wanted to have to remember a separate password for ZDNET every time I wanted to post, I wouldn’t have allowed them access to my social media account in the first instance. This is just web etiquette 101.
I will be pruning my social connections list and aggressively rooting out those websites which pull this shit as well as avoiding them in the future. If they wish to make it difficult for me to engage on their websites, I shall make it difficult for them to track me, by denying them access to my social connections in the first place. I will frequent and comment on those sites which value my time and dignity with more respect. Perhaps if enough of us do likewise these overzealous data miners will get the message?
If I’m going to have to resubmit data which I have already granted them access, then there is absolutely no point in connecting through social media.