So, that’s what happens when you allow your Facebook account to access the Battle.net Launcher, in a lovely single sentence. Anybody on your friends list, and the email address you associate with your account. What Facebook do with those, of course… well, some people are already seeing THOUSANDS of potential friends to connect with, whilst others are turning off Real ID for good. It’s a brilliant idea if you’re here to game with as many people as possible, but if Azeroth is the place you go to avoid your Facebook friends and not somewhere you want to be sold to by anyone except ActiBlizz? This has the potential to cause a problem. More importantly for some, if they turn off Real ID to counteract this, they then negate access to the Twitter posting functionality that was introduced in 6.1. You can turn that back on, but what it then means is some fiddling with the Facebook account to ensure that you’re not about to be easily undermined, and as this information is anything but easy to find, you need to rely on the kindness of strangers in order to provide the details.
If you want to make sure you’re covered, you’ll need to go to Facebook itself and alter the Blizzard Entertainment API there. This will then allow you to still use Twitter but not get too stressed over everything else. However, the chances are the damage may already be done in terms of people like me who signed up to start with and now want out. Yes, companies shouldn’t keep your personal details, but I’ve seen enough automated mailing list spam to know that however hard you try, sometimes, you can’t cancel everything. No matter, it’s irretrievable now and I’ll be posting to Twitter on my terms going forward and not via the UI. It’s hardly a stretch, I did it for years anyway. Having left a lot of my life behind and not having a ‘proper’ Facebook account at all, I don’t want hundreds of people I’ve made a conscious decision to walk away from all suddenly in my face. The reason for that, of course, is blissfully simple.
If I want social media in my games, I put it there. Facebook can fuck off with knobs on, and there will never be a day where I’m prepared to entertain this arrangement on anyone except my own terms. Streaming, it appears, would have given me the choices as to who I could share things with and (potentially) who would see things, and yet even with the reassurances of an increasing number of Mansplainers? Somehow I STILL can’t feel comfortable with the fact this unholy relationship was allowed to go ahead in the first place. I don’t get how business works, or clearly I would be a bajillionaire by now. If I want you to share shit with me, that’s MY choice and not from a third party. Mostly?
Okay, I’m done now. You can carry on.