Saturday, March 14, 2009

Facebook Connect for the iPhone

Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase

Today's big announcement is Facebook Connect for the iPhone.

It's easy to see why this is big news. It means that social networking and mobile (two hot trends) continue their evolutionary and symboic progress in leaps and bounds.

For a start it means people will be happier about logging into newly installed iPhone applications - they can just use their Facebook Connect details.

For seconds it means the daily use of the iPhone will port back into Facebook's Wall. If allowed the iPhone could update your Wall to tell your friends where you are (and in a single bound you almost have Dodgeball, the mobile social program bought and shut down by Google). Using applications on the phone could equally update your status.

There's a downside though. I don't have an iPhone any more. It was stolen.

The first thing I had to do after reporting the phone stolen was change lots of passwords. The iPhone was my gateway to Facebook (the app), Twitter (Twitterific) and many more. My password security was good. My pocket security wasn't.

Facebook Connect on the iPhone may mean there are less passwords to change but it also means the mobile device is an increasingly tempting portal into someone's social media profile.

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