Demand Media’s eHow Faces User Backlash Over Facebook Log-in

eHow to Make Facebook Log-in Only Option

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  • http://www.autoreverseweb.com Souleye Cisse

    ehow had lost me. how do you assume that everybody on the net has a facebook account? that’s pretty arrogant. I deactivated my facebook account because I wasn’t seeing any value from it. ehow?… no how rather. in my efforts to build links I thought that writing articles could help. I signed up with ehow. since it came to the forefront I accessed a couple of times to read up on some how-tos. man! I have hardly ever seen more spammy content. you see mac osx link, you click on it to be sent to dentist’s website. if it were a single instance, but I have seen it as a pattern. I never knew what ‘link farm’ was but the term ‘farm’ says it all. I sincerely believe that those websites should be taken off unless they have greater oversight on the crap that is being put out or just deactivate all links except the credits of the writer. I don’t know…

    • Chris Crum

      It’s an interesting move to say the least.

  • http://www.EZopolis.com Cheap Clothig

    There goes sercurity! Having multiple logins to different sites is one of the best security measures available. Simply because, if someone is able to compromise your Facebook login, then they would have access to your eHow account as well. I do understand the marketing strategy and why they would want to do it, I just don’t like the idea of putting all my passwords in one basket so to speak. It’s for this reason that all my online accounts have different passwords, so if one gets compromised some way then it’s just that one and not all of them. Of course that’s just my opinion.

  • Nancy Hardin

    Facebook login is not the only problem that we eHow writers have with the new system. My biggest objection is that they are taking down our eHow profile pages and doing away with the forums where we all stayed connected to each other. Writers will no longer be able to link other sites to their profile page, because it will redirect to the eHow home page. It’s obvious that this will cause a loss of earnings for the writer. The forums were where we could stay in touch with news of the writing community. We were given very short notice of these happenings, and as a matter of fact, some of us were not given notice at all. There’s no excuse for this, because obviously, they have all our email addresses. This whole change is to take place February 1, 2011. I consider that VERY short notice for the hundreds of articles some writers have on the site.

  • http://seekyt.com Tyler

    As the owner of a revenue sharing article writing site, I find these changes more and more disturbing. This website, along with several others, are taking two steps back in their approach to community interaction and customer satisfaction. With the upcoming Google changes, the approach that Seekyt, my website, has taken is to ask the authors for high quality content – and only after the authors asked me for, or agreed to, these changes. Not to isolate and alienate them from the website. Several authors have contacted me about issues with eHow that this article does not even touch on.

    What about the years some people have spent building relationships, linking to their eHow profiles, and working on creating content? That’s all down the drain. With Demand Media and eHow, some members are concerned that the bottom line comes first, and is the only thing that matters.

    Other websites have been removing members and banning them, only to continue hosting their content and profit 100% from it. The online revenue sharing industry is turning into a creepy, despicable place and there are only a handful of honest sites left.

    The communities that these sites have built and managed is what drives their sites and keeps them alive. Removing the people, and getting rid of any trace they ever existed as a unique website member, is going to tear the heart out of these places. If people wanted to join with Facebook, give them the option like I do. Don’t enforce it, don’t violate people’s privacy, and don’t force them to do things that are uncomfortable to them.

    I guess if you don’t want to make the shift, you’re out of luck? Every member should be treated with the same respect and, and every member should be credited with the same amount of value. Losing one member means you’ve made a mistake somewhere. Losing a good chunk of your user base means you’re making a fatal error. I hope they recognize it and stop before it’s too late.

  • http://www.sigidi.co.uk Vezu

    I have thought about doing the same for my applications, at first glance it might look like a bad idea but honestly who doesn’t use facebook? The other point is the credibility that facebook has, i am not worshiping the guy but the data that most people use on their facebook account is accurate and i would prefer having correct user information that some boggers details entered by someone who just wants to leave a comment. There is a bigger picture….To be honest i have mixed feels about this.

  • http://www.incomeology.com Dave

    If eHow.com wants you to login via Facebook, then create a fake identity in Facebook.

    I’ve been doing this ever since sites like eHow wanted you to login via Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    When I don’t want to link my accounts, I use a fake one. I never visit my fake accounts because I have no need or desire to.

    I’ve learned from using a single email account that your identity can be triangulated very easily. After awhile, everyone knows who you are and everything there is to know about you.

  • http://kimberlykimbrough.com Kimberly Kimbrough

    Clearly, they know more about turning a website into a business than I or any of us leaving comments do. I am not for or against the site and remain neutral.
    But to be able to turn it into an IPO and have articles written about them and their decisions are HUGE accomplishments considering the billions of websites that are online.
    I do kind of find it strange that Google changed their strategy at the same time. It’s their way of controlling who can and cannot make money online. That’s why I focus on building websites and a business model outside of Google.

  • http://brianelwinpomeroy.posterous.com/ Brian Pomeroy

    I can not believe that a site manager would not make it as easy as possible to find their site. There is so much good crap on the Internet that I have closed my Facebook account completely. And I still can not find the time to weed through all the GOOD crap.
    Brian Elwin Pomeroy

  • http://brianelwinpomeroy.posterous.com/ Brian Pomeroy

    Facebook and Apple pads prove that people, as a rule, are stupid. That is where the money is, the guy who goes to work every day and does not do any thinking. Took the Arabs hundreds of years to figure this out and because of access to information on the Internet, the people are marching. They are thinking.

  • http://innovativepassiveincome.com JadeDragon

    You did not mention that eHow is shutting down their forums (obviously because they can’t control the discontent there) and eliminating the profile pages (so much for all the links built to gain authority for the profile pages and therefore the articles linked from them.) Demand Studios has killed any community around their site through their strange handling of the writers who created all that content.

  • eWho?

    Forums = deleted.
    Profiles = deleted.
    Anonymity = removed.

    You can see the wave of dissent growing in the threads here: http://goo.gl/mV8f9

    People are fed up and as one poster (on page 3) discovered, the eHow forum manager Eric Kim, who is trying to keep the masses calm by assuring members of Facebook’s benefits, has in fact blogged extensively on the security issues and concerns of Facebook.

    Consider what the real world equivalent of this might be.

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