So Jay-Z did a deal with Samsung to make his new album available for free for Samsung Galaxy owners. The app became available today, so as an S3 owner I installed it.
The first thing it asks is to login with Twitter or Facebook. You cannot continue until you do so.
I tried Twitter first. Twitter does a good job of telling you the access the app is asking for. Among other things, it is asking for access to:
- Follow new people (presumably Jay-Z)
- Update your profile (what?)
- Post tweets for you (double what?)
Needless to say, I did not click accept.
I tried the Facebook login. Facebook gives zero warnings about what saying Accept means. Do I think that means I’m giving up less if I use Facebook? Uh, no. I think it means that Twitter is honest and Facebook is not.
But I frankly don’t care a ton about my Facebook account and I think people on Facebook are used to random Facebook updates from apps that aren’t real. So I’m going to try the Facebook login as an experiment.
It’s not like I’m a big Jay-Z fan. My tastes go to Jazz in the 50’s. But my girls do like Jay-Z (and I appreciate him as a Brooklyn guy) so I’ll give it a whirl.
If you follow me on Facebook and get random Jay-Z stuff, you know why…
After you login to Facebook, it does warn you that you are giving them access to your timeline, friend list and birthday. It did not say it could post for me or update my profile. Creepy enough, but I’m giving it a shot.
Free stuff = give up your privacy.