I felt a little like a 90s R&B group when I was thinking through the beginning of this post…
I know there are a lot of other apps out there… running around and sharing things you don’t want to be shared. Well, I’m here to tell you that I’ll never do that. No no nooooo…”
Okay, perhaps I got a little carried away there. But privacy has been the topic of conversation among some of our new users visiting us from the Twitterverse. And while I know that most of the auto-share talk has been around apps integrated with Facebook, I thought it’d be helpful if I broke it down for our users what Twitter permissions Vsnap uses and how we use them.
So whether you sign up on Vsnap with your Twitter account or you decide to link to it later (under the Account tab), you’ll come across the page I posted above. The main purpose behind the authorization is to make it easier for you to log in, so that you don’t have to remember yet another password. The secondary purpose is so that you can easily share your vsnap to Twitter. More on that in a sec.
First, the permissions. Without getting too specific, Twitter has us post all of the permissions listed on the authorization page, even though we don’t use them all. Like:
- Read Tweets from your timeline -We don’t use this permission.
- See who you follow, and follow new people - Or this one. We will never follow people on your behalf.
- Update your profile - Nope, not this one either. We will never update your profile.
- Post tweets for you - Annnd yes. This is the one we use. Do we post advertisements or promotional tweets for you? Absolutely not. You are in control of what is posted via Vsnap.
So when you get to the share page in the vsnap creation process, you’ll notice a tweet link underneath the “Share” and “Skip” buttons.
When you click on “Tweet”, this is what the actual box looks like:
We add in some language plus the title of the vsnap, but it’s totally customizable for you. We also shorten the vsnap URL so that it’s Twitter friendly and we give you light analytics on how many people have clicked on your vsnap:
That’s based on the shortened link, not any Twitter information we’ve gathered from your account.
And like it mentions in that first picture… we will never:
- Access your direct messages
- See your Twitter password
Hope that clears up some of the hesitation that people have when thinking about integrating their Twitter account.
Bonus info (but kinda unrelated) - If you are one of those users wondering how to limit what your Facebook apps can do, you should read this: How to Control Your Facebook Privacy Settings.
Knowledge is power.
Peace… (I think that’s how Boyz II Men would have ended this post)