We’re excited to announce that we’ve integrated Facebook Connect into The Point, making it possible for Facebook users to use The Point without setting up and managing a separate account or maintaing a separate login.
Back in December 2008, Facebook announced Facebook Connect – a service that lets people use their Facebook login and identity on third party sites that provide integration, like The Point.
If you already use The Point and have a Facebook account (who doesn’t!?) clicking the Facebook Connect button will link your account on The Point to your Facebook account and you’ll be able to use your Facebook login from then on.
New users of The Point can just click the Facebook Connect button when joining a campaign for the first time, and a quick Facebook login is all it takes – no account setup, no account activation.
Your Facebook login information is never sent to or shared with The Point in any way; it’s entirely handled by Facebook.
Your Portable Identity – You Can Take it With You
Once you’re connected, your identity on Facebook – your name, profile pic – even your friends – will be available on The Point.
Tired of that profile pic? Change it once on Facebook and it’ll be visible on The Point.
Your Facebook profile information is subject to the same privacy controls on The Point as you set in Facebook.
Let Your Friends Know What You’re Up To on The Point
When you join a campaign on The Point, we’ll ask if you want to publish a Facebook feed item to share it with your Facebook friends. You’ll see a preview of what the feed item will look like, and have the chance to post it or, of course, say ‘No Thanks’. It’s up to you.
You’ll also see your friends’ activity on The Point on their feeds so you can keep up with what they’re up to.
Of course, what’s Facebook integration without friends, right? We’ll be adding features over time to let you see which of your Facebook friends are also using The Point and let you invite them to connect.
For example, you might want to know which of your Facebook friends are already members of a campaign you’ve joined. Or maybe you want to invite your Facebook friends to a campaign on The Point.
What about Groupon?
For those of you using Groupon in Chicago (and soon Boston, and beyond!) to get great deals through the power of collective buying, you probably know that Groupon is powered by The Point. We’ll be making the Facebook Connect features of The Point available to all Groupon users in the coming weeks.