I bought a new HD webcam this month and downloaded Skype software so I can talk with someone who’s living in the Middle East with spotty phone service. To recoup my investment I decided that I would expand my Skype universe and import my Facebook contacts into Skype. That would let me know when more people are online, and maybe increase a chance for a chat or two.
But, really, Skype. You aren’t that good a friend for me to give you all the power you’re asking for!
I like my friends too much to let Skype do everything it wants. Here’s what the Skype app wants:
- Access my basic information which includes my list of friends.
This makes sense if I want Skype to give me a list of my Facebook friends that use Skype.
- Send me email.
Okay, they already know my email address because I registered their software on my PC.
- Access Posts in my News Feed.
Why? So, no.
- Post to Facebook as me
I think this is just a scary way of saying that Skype can post to my wall as me when I am doing something with it. But, no. I want Skype to get my contact information. No more.
- Access my data at any time.
- Access Facebook Chat
This stumps me. Do they want to access chat as me? Would this let me use Skype to video chat on Facebook? Tell me more, Mr. Skype.
- Access my profile information.
No. And, I am running out of polite ways to ask “whatever for?”
- Access my photos
Skype, keep your paws off my pictures. I’ll give you a profile picture, but the rest are off limits, okay?
- Access my videos
No. See above on photos.
- Access information people share with me
No. They are my friends. Find your own.
I don’t mean to pick on Skype. It’s a good service. But, really, the intrusiveness of corporate Social Media apps feels increasingly like the stalking of a creepy, socially inept voyeur who peers into your windows whenever they need a fix of humanity.
I don’t want Skype to tell people when I am using Skype to talk with other Facebook friends. It’s just not anyone’s business. And, I don’t want Skype to go digging around in my circle of friends of juicy marketing opportunities.
For me, it’s “No!” to Skype and to other overreaching corporations. I am reading the Facebook permissions they want and saying know when what they’re asking for has nothing to do with what they need to deliver service to me.