Facebook’s Anonymous Login Feature Is Getting Ignored
Remember last year when Facebook introduced anonymous login so that developers could make use of it and check out third party apps?
Well, it appears that many have forgotten about it and that might include the social media giant itself, because even after one who year, the product is in a beta phase with only a handful of people asking around for it. Why is that?
Eddie O’Neil who is the product manager for login products at Facebook was recently asked the same question However, he doesn’t agree that the developers at the company or the company itself has forgotten anonymous logins.
In fact, he says that they are bidding their time and trying to bring the product up to scratch by refining it. Moreover, he insists that introducing the product to a larger audience and then making massive changes to it will not be a good course of action:
We want to avoid broadly launching a product that gets a lot of developers [on board] and then make major changes. With mobile, the stakes are higher.
Oh and it will be worth mentioning here that it was actually O’Neil who revealed that only a few dozens of developers were actually involved with the anonymous login feature as of now.
Comparing that to the way Facebook has been doing things in the past does nothing but make me suspect. they are known for talking to the tunes of thousands of people.
Nonetheless, the official word is that they are waiting until the feature is completely refined. The refinement, as he puts it, is being undertaken based on the feedback that they have received so far; apparently, there are quite a lot of improvements that are going to be made.
On the other side, people like Patrick Salyer the chief executive officer of Gigya says that the developers are actually not interested in trying out the anonymous login app. “We’ve seen very little interest [from developers]. I talk to customers every day and haven’t heard it come up in almost a year,” he says.
In his words, this is because Facebook I keeping tight reigns on the matter, they still know what the developers are doing, what apps they are checking out and so the whole idea of being anonymous gets marred.
Not only that O’Neil has confirmed that you should not expect any news regarding the anonymous logins feature at this year’s F8 Conference.