Nicolas Alpi, Web developer

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In Web We Trust, but How Much?

Since September, I’ve been developing tweetcetera on my spare time. And I’m on the point to release a beta soon (end of the month or earlier)..

What is tweetcetera?

Tweetcetera is a web application I’m working on the spare time. Basically, you login in with you Twitter account, and it reproduce the Twitter web interface with smarter options.

Once the beta out, I want the development to be user centred, so a uservoice will be open and everyone will be welcome to ask for new features.

What is the problem?

I had a conversation with Matt Aimonetii where I asked him to test the current version of tweetcetera.

Even if I use Twitter Oauth for the authentication (ie: I don’t store you password, you login on twitter and then are redirected to the application), there was a confidentiality problem.

His first thoughts were:
bq. How do I know that you’re not going to use my personal informations?
How do I know that you’re not going to post analyse informations like DM or protected statuses?

I must admit that, as a fair developer, I wasn’t expecting these kind of questions. I didn’t even think about it when using another third party application to connect to Twitter.

But the question is legitimate. You don’t want to be spammed, or analyse without your contentment right?

What can I do?

As a lot of developer, I’m fair. And so are my applications. I’m not going to use informations for post analyse. But how can I transmit the message?

I don’t want to write a big warning on the landing page saying “Trust us, we are not evil!”, that would scare more people than reassure the others.

If you are using web third party app (like Seesmic for example), what makes you trust a this application? (Brand reputation? Website design? … )