News apps

Out of frustration after wanted to read an article on Facebook and having the Yahoo News! app ask me to give permission so I could read it, I posted:

I really dislike news apps on Facebook. If someone posts a link to an article, I’d like to read it without giving an app permissions. I’ll take the time to find the article elsewhere. Maybe it’s just me.

Well guess what? It’s not just me. There was an outpouring of agreement on this one.

While I imagine that the news outlets like The Washington Post and Yahoo News! who practice this methodology are unlikely to stop doing it any time soon (and I’m sure plenty of people give permission with or without reservation), I strongly believe that it’s a major turnoff for many Facebook users.

As for me? I’ll be searching for those articles elsewhere if I want to read them.