Why I don’t do apps on Facebook

As most people, I guess, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. It’s great for staying in touch with people, share funny stories, pics etc; however, it is not the platform I want to use for all kinds of connections with people.

This morning – which is pretty common – I got a request from a friend to install an app/share some basic info about me. I like the friend and I’d be more than happy to share all this information.

However…

Apps and information access

When I click the app invitation, it says:

THIS APP WILL RECEIVE:

  • Your email address (—-@—–.—)
  • Your profile info: education history, hometown, likes, location and work history
  • Your photos
  • Your status updates
  • Friends’ profile info: education histories, hometowns, likes, locations and work histories
  • Photos shared with you
  • Status updates shared with you

Really? I mean, really?

Why the fuck does it, for instance, need to know where I and all my friends grew up?

Also:

This app may post on your behalf… [random info it might post]… and more.

“May?” That feels very comforting.

And, to my knowledge (and definitely not in the UI for installing the app), there’s no way to have a more granular control over what the app will receive or, say, turn off the posting capabilities.

Basically, what it says is:

This app now owns your ass

If you want to share…

If you want to share all this information through a service/app or similar, by all means, do it. But please be aware of what you share, and that it’s information you really are fine with sharing and it’s a deliberate decision (not just “die, dialog, die” so you can move on).

Personally, I don’t want to put my complete digital life on display through an unknown source/group of developers, to get connected with someone I already know. And that’s why I generally don’t do apps on Facebook.

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