Dear Inbound – WTF is wrong with you?

UPDATE Response from Inbound:

Ed Fry Responded and took action. I am happier – but STILL not happy about their ability to Follow People and EDIT my profile.

EdFry Responde



Lets start with two things – I don’t hate I rather like reading it often, keeping an eye on popular and new posts, and often reading conversations in the various communities. For those of you who dont know – is a content sharing and internet marketer community.

Secondly, this isn’t my first complaint about their login – the last time they resolved the issue, and I hope they do so this time too. Note: I DONT think that they use this for evil. But I still wouldn’t want them to have the access.

The logins

There are three ways to login or register with Inbound:

  1. Register via email
  2. Use your HubSpot account if you have one.
  3. Authorise by Twitter. Wants Control of your Twitter Account

Its the third that I have problem with. Let me show you why:

Registering with Inbound with Twitter

Nice, simple Screen. Lets login with twitter, because I dont have a HubSpot account and I dont really want to register with another site. (Note: I have previously had a twitter connected login – I have disabled their access to my twitter account as of yesterday.)

Screw You Inbound

Notice what I am pointing out?

Lets repeat those here: will be able to:

  • Read Tweets from your timeline.

No Problem.

  • See who you follow, and follow new people.

Two parts here – I dont mind them seeing who I follow. But Follow new people? No.

  • Update your profile.

Are kidding me? No bloody way I want to give them access to this.

  • Post Tweets for you.

Again – I dont want you to use my twitter to post tweets.

  • Access your direct messages. FIXED!

WHATTTTTTT? Why would i give you access to my private correspondence with people on twitter? This is a serious breach of Privacy. Stop asking for that.

Dear Inbound – Please Fix This Shit.

I like using your service – but I wonder how many people give you access to their twitter accounts without reading the finer print? I hope not many. But as a habit, I would have just clicker “allow” as I usually use twitter to login. This time I was lucky. I read the permissions. And they were just not right.

Dear Inbound – WTF is wrong with you?
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Rishi has been a consultant in online marketing for over 10 years, specialising in SEO, PPC, Affiliate Marketing, Email and Social Media. Over the years he has worked with many brands as well as many small businesses.