This iPhone application – an ebook reader that allows ‘readers and writers to discover, share and connect’ allows you to log in using Twitter OAuth and creates a profile that takes your photo, byline, and location from your twitter account. Within the ‘Info’ screen of any book/story that you are reading there is a… Read more »
A site or game asks for your Twitter or email credentials (either via the password antipattern or via OAuth for an allegedly benign purpose e.g. finding friends who are already using that service), but then goes on to publish content or send out bulk messages using your account – i.e. from you. This technique is commonly used by viruses – but even well-known companies sometimes engage in “friend spam”.
Goodreads.com is currently running a sign-up user journey that involves the Friend Spam dark pattern. First, a twitter user notices that a friend has tweeted something along the lines of “Check out my shelves on Goodreads: http://xxx.ly/xxxxx”. When the user clicks this, they are invited to give Goodreads.com twitter authorisation. Having done that, the user… Read more »
Twifficiency is a perfect example of the friend spam dark pattern put into action on Twitter using OAuth. However, we should give the developer, James Cunningham, a break, as it was simply a small personal side project that took off in a huge way before he had a chance to properly evaluate the impact of… Read more »
Digsby secretly appends a text ad on the end of your instant messenger status message. When you install and run Digsby, it gives no indication that it will manipulate your IM status message. As you can see here, my status is simply shown as “Available”. If you refer to the image below, you’ll see what… Read more »
The game requires Facebook or Twitter OAuth to play. Initially, when a player first joined the game, on the sign-up screen, the “Echo this message on your social network, once only:” tickbox was automatically checked. (If the player didn’t uncheck it, the site advertised itself on their Facebook or Twitter page.) This was later changed,… Read more »