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Sunday, 15 July 2012
Twitter, Apps and iTunes
This morning I awoke to a tweet from a friend asking me, "Is that the tune from Oliver?"
I did think that Ian had sent me a question that he had intended for someone else, but no, it was for me as the 'conversation' on twitter appeared and 'I' had tweeted twice, earlier this morning, that I 'liked' two particular songs on iTunes.
Now I do have an iTunes account and recently I clicked on the 'ping' mode to tweet about a song that I had listened to and did personally want to share....
Now we have all seen the apps where we have to click to authorise on Twitter and it does say that they can post tweets for you and I have to say that I am fairly uncomfortable with that, and normally then click cancel, If I have something to say, I'll say it, and I certainly don't want anyone or indeed any organisation large or small saying things that I may not agree with, in my name without me knowing. And, I wouldn't know, as it is very rare for me to click on 'my' tweets to check what I have said previously. And so, if Ian hadn't asked me the question, I would have been oblivious to 'my tweets'.
Now it may seem like a small insignificant thing to be getting my knickers in a twist over, after all, they have only said that, 'I liked a couple of tunes' and even although I had never heard these I probably would like them, but they are not in my collection and I have never listened to them on iTunes either fully or in review.
So, they made an assumption and they lied. It may only be a small, white lie, but they lied....
Now, what if iTunes and Apple suddenly started tweeting in my name about other things;
Tom Stronach prefers reading books purchased from iTunes to Amazon
Tom Stronach doesn't believe that the US case against APPLE and Book Publishers in relation to book price fixing is warranted
You see where this is going, Apple and others whom you allow to tweet in your name could basically tweet anything they wanted, all in your name........
Oh, and I prefer, at the moment Amazon and Kindle and have never purchased a book from iTunes, and on the other, if they have and are found guilty, the law, hopefully will sort it out..
But the message to iTunes and Apple and any other App creator out there is:
DON'T USE MY NAME TO PROMOTE YOUR SALES /CAUSE OR COMPANY
By the way, the one singer I did tweet about through iTunes was the utterly gorgeous velvet voiced Jazz Songstress:
Georgia Mancio you can visit her web site here and have a taste