Social Sign-In FAQs
For auto sign-in the e-mail that members are using for the connection in your network must be the same with the other service (facebook, google, yahoo).
For members, this on is all about convenience. Existing members will now be able to sign in with a single click. Those who use Social Sign-In when signing up won’t have to remember a password, nor will existing members who link their accounts using Social Sign-In. Even better, much of their basic sign-up info will automatically be filled out for new members.
What information is transferred when a new member signs up?
When a new member signs up with a Google or Yahoo account, we are able to automatically pull in their name and email address. When they sign up via a Facebook account, we can additionally pull in a profile photo, birthdate, gender, and — in the coming weeks — location, if the user allows that data to be pulled. Note that to have this new sign-up method pull profile photos, birthdates, gender and location, you’ll need to make sure your network has those profile questions set up.
Will new members fill out profile questions and be approved?
Yes! We will continue to approve members in the same way we always have. If someone signs up using their Facebook account, we'll simply pre-populate information we are able to add to your existing profile questions.
Can members sign in using Twitter?
Not yet, but we're working on it. We haven’t implemented sign-in via Twitter for a few important reasons. First, Twitter doesn’t provide email addresses, so members signing up with Twitter would need to enter an email address and a password. That would result in a sub-par experience for members. Second, a potential security hole could occur. However, we are actively working on this and once this work is complete complete we hope to include Twitter as an additional, optional, third-party authentication service.
What about Windows Live? LinkedIn? Open ID?
This implementation of Social Sign-In lays the foundation for potentially supporting additional methods of third-party authentication. We will be evaluating feedback we receive and hope to add additional services in the coming months.
Can members find and invite their Facebook friends?
No. Social Sign-In focuses only on the sign-up and sign-in process.
What if an existing member tries to sign in with a different Facebook, Google, or Yahoo email address?
Undoubtedly, some existing members may try to Sign In via Facebook, Google, or Yahoo right from the Sign In page, even if they originally signed up with an email address and password. When this happens, they'll be signed right in if the email address provided by Facebook, Google, and Yahoo matches the one they originally joined with. If it does not match, they'll be told that no account exists, and will be asked to sign in. Once they sign in, they can link their accounts (even if the email addresses are different) by going to their Settings-Connections page.
What if my members are using a popup blocker?
We've tested Social Sign-In with major browser-based pop-up blockers and plug-in blockers, and these blockers should not get in the way of members signing in. If you notice any issues, please let us know the in the Help Center.
Why is location not automatically pulled by Facebook?
We're working to automatically pull a new member's location from their Facebook profile data. We hope to have this working in the next few weeks.