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Among WLAN vendors and portal provider, the usage of social media login as an acceptable guest network sign-in mechanism is getting more common. I get the appeal for retail/hospitality WLANs that ultimately will Target marketing at you based on these credentials, but I’m not digging it myself for use in higher ed because of the “anyone can come up with a BS social media sign-in” factor. At the same time, to dismiss any system that uses social media means narrowing down your choices for guest access when you’re shopping, and so I wonder…
 
Are any schools using guest access that is based on social media login? How’s it working out for you, and have you ever regretted the choice?
 
 
Thanks-
 
Lee Badman
 
 
 
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Lee,

We're on the same wavelength--I can see the allure for commercial applications. Higher ed uses will lean more toward attribution. We tried Facebook authentication for about 20 seconds before coming to the conclusion that our target population would be overly skeptical about what we might do with the data.

We're currently authenticating guests via SMS.

           
Rand
 
Rand P. Hall
Director, Network Services                 askIT!
Merrimack College
978-837-3532

If I had an hour to save the world, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute finding solutions. – Einstein


Message from toivo@usf.edu

My thoughts (not speaking for my employer) are right along the same lines. The analytics are nice, but if they’re of interest to departments or colleges, the same data can likely be gleaned from the university’s own records. On the other hand, in public venues (sports arenas, outreach events, college expos, campus tours) it might still be worthwhile.

 

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Toivo Voll

Network Engineer

Information Technology Communications

University of South Florida

 

Hello to the Group-
 
Among WLAN vendors and portal provider, the usage of social media login as an acceptable guest network sign-in mechanism is getting more common. I get the appeal for retail/hospitality WLANs that ultimately will Target marketing at you based on these credentials, but I’m not digging it myself for use in higher ed because of the “anyone can come up with a BS social media sign-in” factor. At the same time, to dismiss any system that uses social media means narrowing down your choices for guest access when you’re shopping, and so I wonder…
 
Are any schools using guest access that is based on social media login? How’s it working out for you, and have you ever regretted the choice?
 
 
Thanks-
 
Lee Badman
 
 
 
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Lee,

We're on the same wavelength--I can see the allure for commercial applications. Higher ed uses will lean more toward attribution. We tried Facebook authentication for about 20 seconds before coming to the conclusion that our target population would be overly skeptical about what we might do with the data.

We're currently authenticating guests via SMS.

           
Rand
 
Rand P. Hall
Director, Network Services                 askIT!
Merrimack College
978-837-3532

If I had an hour to save the world, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute finding solutions. – Einstein


Message from toivo@usf.edu

My thoughts (not speaking for my employer) are right along the same lines. The analytics are nice, but if they’re of interest to departments or colleges, the same data can likely be gleaned from the university’s own records. On the other hand, in public venues (sports arenas, outreach events, college expos, campus tours) it might still be worthwhile.

 

--

Toivo Voll

Network Engineer

Information Technology Communications

University of South Florida