Although Facebook Connect is still in its infancy (it launched on November 30, 2008), TechCrunch has decided to become an early adopter and roll it into their comments platform. Now when you want to post a comment on a TechCrunch blog post, all you’ll need to do is login to your Facebook account and it will populate the rest of the data for you (name, email, website, etc). The next time you come back to comment, you’ll just have to press the “Connect” button and you’ll be logged in and ready to comment.
The one problem I have with Facebook Connect is that “your name conveniently links to your Facebook profile as well, making it easier for other commenters to get in touch with you and perhaps become your virtual friends.”
Personally, the last thing I want to do is open up my personal Facebook account to the hundreds of commenters on TechCrunch (or any blog for that matter). This seems like an open invitation for spam. Many people use Facebook as just another networking tool, and maybe that’s what Facebook wants us to do, but I’ve always preferred to pick and choose my Facebook friends carefully. Facebook opens up your life in a way other social networks don’t. I try and limit my Facebook connections to friends and family.
What do you think about Facebook Connect? Do you open up your Facebook account to people you don’t know?