A pair of online Twitter-based petitions to compel O2 and AT&T to offer similar pricing for all iPhone 3GS purchases (instead of more expensive pricing for those “not eligible” for a discount) have been created (O2, AT&T).   However, there is a concern: The site collecting the online signatures (which is not run by Twitter) asks […]
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“Twitter” Petition Demanding Equal iPhone 3GS Pricing For All Gains Steam – But Signing May Be A Bad Idea

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A pair of online Twitter-based petitions to compel O2 and AT&T to offer similar pricing for all iPhone 3GS purchases (instead of more expensive pricing for those “not eligible” for a discount) have been created (O2, AT&T).   However, there is a concern: The site collecting the online signatures (which is not run by Twitter) asks you to provide your Twitter username and password.

According to the site’s Privacy Policy, the credentials are required to “verify that “signatures” collected are genuine”.   The policy goes on to state that the passwords will not be stored or provided to a third party.  However, I cannot fathom a reason why this site would require these credentials — after all, I could simply create several Twitter accounts and “sign” a petition with them – so it doesn’t guarantee a “one man, one vote” ideal.   Further, the site could simply monitor and parse tweets with a given tag like “#twitition28482” or something similar — and that would ensure that the Twitter account is genuine.

Unless (and until) someone from the site offers a credible reason why someone should hand over their Twitter login, I recommend avoiding the temptation to sign these petitions (or any other at twitition.com).

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