After having gone to /r/startups for some feedback on TypeSpace, I was quite surprised to see that a few people had said that they did not try out the site because of the permissions that were requested on the Twitter login.
I, like these people, have always worried about using social media 'sign in' buttons as these websites often have a fair amount of information on me. Twitter however, I always thought of as a social network which is designed to be public. As such, I believed that requesting more demanding permissions would be fine. Wrong!
As it turns out, while people are generally okay with using Twitter to sign up to websites, they worry about the permissions. Previously, TypeSpace asked for 'Read/Write' permissions, however after having read the feedback, the authentication now only asks for 'Read' only permissions - the lowest level of permission offered by Twitter.
It was also suggested that the barrier to entry be lowered even further. As such, rather than forcing users to sign in via twitter to post, there is now the option to post anonymously.
I'm not sure how wise an idea this is currently, but I'm open to trying new things out. If someone is to post anonymously, the post will currently need to be manually approved prior to being indexable on search engines and before it can hit the front page.
From this, I think it can be concluded that requesting as little information as possible is the best way to go about growing your user base when you're starting off. Why would you want to force users to give you permission or information which isn't vital? As with Reddit, emails are not required since Reddit has no need to contact you. Here I believe taking a similar approach may offer favourable results to this websites growth.
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