Username and Password, Please

This morning, on a listserv, someone posted a link to her blog – another tale of plagiarism chutzpa. I went to comment, and found I would have to log in to do so.

And so I didn’t.

I know Web 2.0 tools now allow everyone to form a community, and allow everyone to now track who is using your site. But just because the tools allow it, do we all have to do it?

Nick, our office curmudgeon, sent this Sheldon comic around the office, after yet another office-wide rant about logging in and joining networks.

At Forbes’s online site, I have to sign in if I want to read the comments. At many sites, I have to log in if I want to make a comment. I don’t want to be part of their community – I just want to read the article!

I am sick of logging in. I am sick of being asked to join everyone’s group on Facebook. I am sick of the repeated invitations to join Linked-In, by people I do not know.

If a business wants me engaged, forcing me to engage (i.e. give them contact info) is not exactly what I call “engaged.”

If a group wants to build “community,” my vision of community does not include a clubhouse with a lock and key. To be honest, that’s my vision of what community helps tear down!

So can someone please tell me – other than benefiting the people who run those sites and want my info – what’s in it for me to keep having to log in?

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