Every new website(startup?!) that I come across these days(which requires me to register to use the website) has a “Sign in with Facebook” apart from the site’s own login system. I hate it when these are the only two login options available. And, I refuse to use such sites.
It’s a PITA to remember password for each and every website we use and so, people with brains came up with an open standard protocol called OpenID. Google, Yahoo! are famous among the many OpenID providers. If you disregard the technicalities, ‘Sign in with Facebook’ is similar to OpenID in terms of the end-user experience.
Apart from “it’s not a open standard” rant, my problem with ‘Sign in with Facebook’ is that it wants to share my private information with third party websites.
When all I want is to login to use your website, why do I need to share my friends list & other information, give you permission to access and post data? I don’t want to share my information with your stupid website. I am apprehensive about what you might do with this data. And, I don’t like it. I, just, want, to, login! Can you please provide more options?
I like “login with Google“. It’s simple and minimal, it’s OpenID and it does not share my private data with others. It serves the problem of remembering too many passwords for too many sites.
I love how Stackoverflow handles their login. It provide me with multiple options to login and is neat and elegant. I hope these new and upcoming startups learn from them.