Reasons I Won’t Join Pheed
- They autopost to Twitter, without giving the option to opt out.
- They ask for your full birth date (day, month, year) and I refuse to join any social network that asks for this identifying info (that’s why I’m not on Facebook). I don’t mind if my human audience knows who I really am, but I don’t want companies, robots, governments, and other snoops to be able to easily track, identify, and profile me.
- The username must be a “Minimum 3 characters, must start with a letter. You can use letters, numbers, underscores, hyphens and one dot (.).” This means that I can’t use nm as my Pheed username, which is what I use on Twitter and on Identi.ca. It also means that no one with a 1- or 2-character Twitter username will be able to get that username on Pheed and, if they are like me, won’t join.
They’ve just exploded onto the scene, so bravo to their marketers, but I predict they won’t last long. For more info, see: