As rightly deduced the 'Social Media Login' title is for those having chosen to link one of the social media sites to their Shetlink account - or - just log into Shetlink using one of their social media accounts for ease of moving between their online social sphere.
Currently there is no difference in Shetlink functionality to those users but, with more 'openness' of those members we are reviewing the potential of providing further functionality etc. as a sign of goodwill for their choice.
Anyone with a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google account can either login directly and connect an already signed up Shetlink account (matches on email address) or having logged into Shetlink (via any means) then go to http://www.shetlink....e&module=usercp and connect accounts:
Shetlink will receive the following info: your public profile, friend list, email address and News Feed.
Shetlink cannot post to Facebook.
View the email address associated with your account. View your name, public profile URL, and photo. View your gender. View your country, language, and timezone.
Profile: Name, photo, headline, and current positions. Email: The primary email address you use for your LinkedIn account
Read Tweets from your timeline. See who you follow.
Shetlink will not be able to: Follow new people. Update your profile. Post Tweets for you. Access your direct messages. See your Twitter password.
[NOTE: Anyone having already setup a Twitter connection are invited to re-voke access and re-connect to gain these new lesser connection settings!]
At the moment just appears to do what ever it wants 0_o - It's quite an unruley beast and Shetlink is considering revoking permissions for this login function. Yay! Microsoft!
For the sake of clarity - at no time does Shetlink do anything other than connect accounts on email address/login information. The respective permissions of each application can be controlled by the user - and only the user in question - from their control panel as per link above. Users are able and are free to revoke these permissions from their Shetlink control panel at any time.
So why bother?
- Ease of login throughout your online social sphere
- Share information - as per your choices - between each application to conjoin your online social presence
- Upcoming further functionality in Shetlink