What Do You Think Of Social Logins? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you if you’re using Gmail’s new compose experience. All in all, while many of the voters aren’t completely sure about it yet, it seems that the vast majority decided to go a certain way when it comes to the new compose. Which way do you think it is? Read on to find out.

Out of 459 votes in total, 43% said they’re using the new compose and love it, 29% are using it but are still not sure about it, 21% are not using it and do not intend to until Google forces them, 5% said they’re not using it but actually don’t mind it that much, and only 2% of the voters said they don’t use Gmail. And that’s saying something!

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

So as you can see, while there’s no real consensus as to how good the new compose is, almost 75% of the readers who voted are using it. I guess Google’s doing something right, at least in the way it’s persuading us to try the new feature. Be sure to read last week’s best comment by Julie Smith, who won 150 points for her comment! She doesn’t like the new compose, and she made it very clear why that is.

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think Of Social Logins?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

It started with Facebook logins, and it’s now spread far beyond that. Social logins are everywhere, including right here on MakeUseOf, and they’re as controversial as they are common. While there’s no doubt that social logins are much easier for both the users and the website they log in to, not everyone appreciates the need to use a social account or a Google account to log in to an unrelated website. While most websites, including MakeUseOf, don’t access your personal information and don’t store it, you’re never sure what will happen when dealing with smaller websites. On the one hand, these logins are a great way to log in quickly and effortlessly, and save you from having thousands of accounts and passwords. On the other hand, you might not want to compromise a sensitive account such as Facebook just to log in somewhere. What do you think?

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Tell us in the comments why you like or dislike social networks. Specify which networks are OK for social logins, which you don’t like to use, and why.

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Comments (71)
  • Suz

    This is really disappointing! I was really looking forward to using this site. I’ve read a few articles explaining different software programs that I thought might help a newbie with PC problems/questions and was looking forward to joining in but don’t use nor will I use the social stuff. I’m just an old granny wanting to learn computer. I have joined a couple forums but thought this one looked like it would be more ‘down to my level’.
    Soooo sad.

    • Yaara Lancet

      Hi Suz,

      First of all, you’re more than welcome to enjoy our content without logging in. There’s nothing preventing you from reading articles and learning, everything is available to everyone.

      Logging in lets you accumulate points which you can then exchange for free software and gadgets. It’s fun, but not a necessary part of our website.

      In addition, you can also use Microsoft or Google accounts to log in. These are not social accounts, but the same ones you use for email if you happen to use Gmail or Hotmail.

      Whichever you decide to do, I hope you continue to enjoy MakeUseOf. :)

  • harley

    I find them a bit confusing.

  • Fawad Mirzad

    we all heard that some applications sold millions of email address for as low as $5. so logging in to each and every thing using your primary account is just like locking your door and showing the key to thief.
    Although i do not have problem in logging into service that are reliable.
    I have used social login only with some services like Nimbozz, Operamini, Makeuseof.
    Not any thing else.

  • Tanim Istiaque

    Risky. Always try to avoid them as they may post to my wall or who knows steal personal info

  • Guest

    I don’t use them, because I don’t have any social media accounts. They seem undemocratic to me — not referring to politics or anything, but I feel like I’m in a silenced minority, like a Romney voter with a Hotmail account. ;-) I did vote for Romney, in fact, and I actually don’t have an email besides a disposable Yahoo! one I use just for commenting on articles. The fact that I voted for Romney my first time voting means I have no friends of my age with whom to share anything anyway. :-(

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