Degreed and the Facebook Login conundrum

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I was reading David Wiley’s post on the beta release of Degreed this morning, when I was inspired to create this post. Degreed is a new startup that promises to “jailbreak your degree” by allowing an individual to build a more comprehensive dashboard of their education, incorporating official academic transcripts, work experience, MOOCs, and more. There’s a tremendous amount happening in the space of profiles, personal dashboards and badges in education, and the screenshots looked cool, so I excitedly clicked over to check out the service. I was greeted with a big, Login with Facebook, and instead of clicking that big blue button, I opened another tab and started this post.

Why? I distrust facebook. I use facebook, sparingly, but have felt that historically they’ve been playing a shell game with my privacy. You might say, “privacy’s dead” and I might agree with you. You might say, “I trust Facebook more than Google” and that’s fine too. I recognize that others distrust Google, Apple, Twitter, Insert Company Name Here. My issue with the Degreed beta isn’t that it has a Facebook login option, it’s that it’s the only option. There’s something funny about the idea that your degree is being liberated but you’re being locked into a single authentication method. Hopefully this will change, as I’m sure that the Degreed team is building something that I see as a great need: accounting, documenting and vouching for a lifetime of learning. I also understand from Wiley’s post that the likely reason for the facebook option is that part of the initial setup up of Degreed involves understanding a user’s education history, and that this is accomplished by scraping education data from facebook, but I would rather give you that information on my own. How do you feel about the Connect/Log In with facebook option?

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One thought on “Degreed and the Facebook Login conundrum

  1. It’s the one reason I’m skipping the beta version.

    I was very much interested in donating and getting started, but I don’t have a Facebook profile and I don’t want to. Also, I’m not interested in hacking my education credentials for then having to put up with another status quo (i.e., you either have a FB account or we don’t allow you in our club), even more limited than the one I currently have to deal with.

    Other than that, Degreed seems really promising and it’s a tool lifelong learners and non-traditional learners have been wanting for some time now. So I’ll keep paying close attention until they grow more open.

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