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5-17-2010 @ 10:20AM
Re: RealIDI'm going to have to respectfully, but strongly, disagree with your take on this. The new features of battle.net...cross-game friends list and chat, were announced first. Some time later, the RealID rider was announced. Along with a partnership with Facebook, a company with a long and storied history of resetting security settings with each update in the hope of getting out what is valuable marketing information. Along with friend of friend issues and lack of privacy controls, all of which are present on every other gaming network in existence, the whole thing boils down to Blizzard not being -stupid-, but rather making a bad decision in pursuit of what they hope is a money-making deal with Facebook.Furthermore regarding "just get used to what it -is-", if we do not make our disapproval of this decision known, there will be no need to fix it. Personally, I will be boycotting this tool even with the one or two people I trust enough to use this with, because I am very aware Blizzard is going to be watching usage numbers on this. I encourage anyone who opposes the current form of Battle.net to do the same.As was pointed out many times on the announcement thread at the forums, as it is this is a tool for noone. Anyone who is a close trusted enough friend for the rather security-low state of Battle.net friending as it is now already has a myriad number of other forms of communication with which to contact them...phone, messengers, email, etc. The exact people, then, who could benefit from the Battle.net features being added is the exact group that is being excluded by its current design.
5-17-2010 @ 11:24AM
I understand that you feel passionately that Real ID is not for you and that you want something else for your crossrealm chat.But just because it isn't for you does not mean it is not for anyone. I will be making use of it as will many others.
5-17-2010 @ 11:38AM
No, you are correct, the fact that it is not for me does not mean that it isn't for anyone.It is restricting it's use to only extremely trusted individuals that makes it not for anyone. My argument is that anyone that you trust enough to use this service's lax security and privacy with, you should already have a myriad of communication channels with. To put it another way, the people who RealID targets, are the people who need it the least (if at all).
5-17-2010 @ 12:54PM
You've hit the nail right on the head. Googling one's name will give you your Facebook profile (should you have one) near the top of the list. Ever notice hits for getting internet info for your name right under it? More often than not you have to pay them, but more often than not that info will include your current email address.Docs.com has a partnership with Facebook in that when signing-up your Facebook profile info is shared. All of it. There's a pop-up that notifies you, and you can opt-out, but you lose the single sign-on advantage. Currently there are no settings to allow you to filter this information including information gathered by other Facebook apps and partnerships you use no matter how unrelated, but Facebook shares it with everyone else. So you share a presentation or file via docs.com to a business colleague or client, and /now have access to your Facebook profile without being added as a friend/. For free.There are also /many/ documented examples over the years by CNET, dice.com, and games-related sites of employers using Facebook for background checks. It was once suggested that gamers in general not emphasize their game playing on their MySpace or Facebook pages. We are often percieved (MMO players most of all) as not being able to properly prioritize our time. Such as playing WoW at work.
5-17-2010 @ 4:22PM
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