Introducing Facebook Registration to SparkPeople

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

You've probably noticed more and more websites these days prompting you to log in or create an account by using your existing Facebook account. This is a quick and easy way for Facebook users to join a plethora of websites with one click, saving time during registration.

Today, we have added this functionality to SparkPeople. Since so many people are using Facebook logins now and Facebook has so many members, we wanted to make the option available for those who like it.

New registrants who come to the site will now have the option to join SparkPeople by using their Facebook account (if they have one). These Facebook registrants will also log back in to the site this way each time they return. This new login method is completely optional. New members can still join the site just like everyone else always has: by creating a username and a password to log in to SparkPeople.

What does this mean for you?
If you're already a member, you can continue logging in to SparkPeople with the username and password you've always used. Because of this new functionality, all members will see some new links on our login pages that prompt you to log in using your Facebook account, but these links only apply to people who have connected their Facebook account to SparkPeople. Everyone else can simply ignore these links. We just wanted to let you know what they were for in case you were confused about seeing them.

However, some of you may recall that SparkPeople has had a Facebook-connect option for a long time, as a way for you to choose to share certain SparkPeople tasks (weighing in, joining a Team, tracking exercise, your Current Status, etc.) on your Facebook wall automatically. If you want to connect your SparkPeople account to Facebook, you can earn SparkPoints by doing so. AND, you can also use the "log in with Facebook" options we mentioned above (optional) anytime you log back into the site. To learn more about the SparkPeople-Facebook connect, click here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/spark-facebook.asp.

Please remember that if you do not use Facebook, or do not want to connect your accounts, this has absolutely no impact on you whatsoever. We don't make anything off of this; we are offering this as an option for those people who prefer to sign in to multiple sites using their Facebook information. Also note that our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions have not changed.

If you have any questions, please post them below or on our support message boards.
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    I cannot figure out how to link my account to FB so I can login to Sparkpeople with facebook.
    1526 days ago
  • KMOAK1
    I signed up using my Facebook account. But, now I've realized I can't log in on the iPhone app. Will I have to create a whole new account to be able to do that? I hope not! emoticon
    1983 days ago
    I tried this in order to track my exercise on Facebook. And it didn't work. So I disconnected the link. Not sure if I was doing anything wrong.

    Any advice?
    2385 days ago
    There is so much on SP, why add unnecessary steps. I rather see the SP page when I go online.
    2492 days ago
    It's a go0d thing!
    2493 days ago
  • ANN150
    Don't appreciate this feature. Just let me log in the SP!
    2493 days ago
  • MEGAN0517
    Just seeing the word Facebook makes me cringe. I know that SparkPeople has not announced any changes to the current way of doing things, but just in case there is thought to the contrary, I need to share my thoughts. I like that there is a certain amount of anonymity on this site. Although Facebook can be set to "private" there are often glitches that can make an account fairly public. Due to the nature of my employment, I prefer that my clients don't know everything about my weight loss struggles and health issues. I like that people can't really search me by name. It allows me to use this site as intended - honestly and without too much worry that my privacy is going to be violated.
    2499 days ago
    2499 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/21/2011 8:00:03 PM
    Facebook still has a lot of issues.

    I have found when I attach a message from Sparks to show on or SHARE with FB I get unwanted emails from ?? to make money. I bounce them back and delete, but its very annoying. So I have quite using the SHARE from SParks on FB.
    2499 days ago
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    2505 days ago
    2519 days ago
    If I read this correct then my fitness tracker is set up for Spark America even though I am not from the USA. At least in the past with Spark World you could opt out of the USA and be a part of the international group. As a person not from the USA I would like an option to not have SparkAmerica attached to my fitness minutes.
    2520 days ago
    actually, because i post my blog posts to Facebook, my family and some of my friends have stepped up behind me and started to support me in my journey. i was kinda surprised.

    I first sent a blog post to Facebook because i had a set back... and i needed others to see. Keeping my issues quiet, was just like saying *only i see it, so it really doesn't matter*

    People who know you, know your fat... that's not a secret... unless you think it is...

    If you need to hide the fact you had a set back, or a extra piece of cake... then whats the REAL issue?
    2523 days ago
  • KAT060672
    I have to agree with some of the posters below... I will be keeping my FB and SP accounts seperate. This journey is a private one for me not something that I want public.
    2524 days ago
  • LINEY223
    I must admit I want to keep what I do on here private between friends I choose to tell what I am doing. Glad it is an option to share with FB or not. I am not going to share much on FB about my Spark life but its individual choice.

    2524 days ago
    I am active on Facebook but sparkpeople is something that's mine and don't want to share my detailed life on eating with them. As someone said previously, if my friends are interested, they can join sparkpeople and find alot of support if they want it. I feel that its nice for people who want to share it on FB, to have that opportunity. But for me, it would be the wrong choice. I do however, spread the spark all the time.
    2524 days ago
    NOt exactly thrilled by this news. I think we should be separate from FB. I for one do not trust that site---too many problems. I am glad there is an option not to do this but it is not fair for us not to get points because we choose to not be a part of that site.
    2525 days ago
  • RONIE11
    I linked FB to my SP but would like to keep my friends and progress private... I would love to be able to UN-LINK my sites any ideas ????
    2525 days ago
  • GLOWORM1963
    I use facebook everyday to spread the "SPARK"!!!!
    2526 days ago
  • CYNDY_55
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    2526 days ago
    I actually make use of this feature and it's really neat. I also love how you have the option to still not post to facebook if you don't want to share a particular part of information you've posted on Spark. It's a great way to get my family and friends involved in my journey and still allows the ability to keep the level of privacy I like.
    2526 days ago
    No thank you to the FB. I love SP but FB is OK but not the wonderful "safe" place we feel on SP! emoticon
    2526 days ago
  • T2SEE140
    Nice to have the option but FB makes things to public. I like to keep my successes and set backs to myself.
    2526 days ago
    will try try the new function :)
    2526 days ago
  • FRANKI666
    I prefer my FB friends not to have access to my SparkPeople details. They can see the finished result. I do tell my friends about SparkPeople, but I dont give them my page details unless they join. Thanks for the option though. emoticon emoticon
    2526 days ago
  • MLCCLM78
    No thanks to FB. But it is nice to have options. Have a great day to all
    2526 days ago
  • CRIB5023
    I prefer not to link but it's nice to know the option is available. Thank you.

    2526 days ago
    Great to have the options.
    2526 days ago
    I prefer not to link SP and FB. I'll share on my status on FB when I lose weight, but don't want FB to have access to my SP stuff.
    2526 days ago
    I have both and I don't think I want them combined. I don't want my wight information publicized like that to my facebook friends. Not because they are nasty (BTW I'm not a nasty individual because I have a facebook account either) but I'd rather work on my goals here. THank you for the option, though. Choices are a good thing.
    2526 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I have too many reservations about FB's apparent disregard for my privacy. I definitely want to support SparkPeople, but not with a company that does not value me.
    2526 days ago
    I am entering my thoughts on linking my FB account and SparkPeople. I would prefer to leave the two seperate. My weight loss is more information than I want my many, many FB friends to know about. Thank you for giving us the option.
    2526 days ago
    2526 days ago
    Good to know .
    I have a Facebook page but don't use it at all. I think FB is has too many security issues for me to feel comfortable.

    2526 days ago
    This is the first community website that I ever joined, so I am glad that there are choices here.
    2526 days ago
  • JUSTME50
    I agree with Debra_Bullis. Best kept separate. I think SP has taken the best of Facebook and made it better. The amount of privacy is a wonderful contrast to Facebook. Losing weight is a journey best taken with people who are taking it with you. However, it's a nice option for people who aren't as private as I am. Thanks!
    2526 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2010 7:51:51 PM
    I love facebook. I love sparkpeople. However, I feel more comfortable keeping them separate. I have many friends on facebook - but my weight loss journey and the support I need is better left to SP.

    Thanks for the option though.

    Love Love Love Spark People!
    2526 days ago
  • MCGS62
    Notice how many of your member disagree!!!
    Face book is full of nasty individuals contrasted by Sparkpeople who have all been nice and supportive..
    Face book members are out to make a name for themselves by any means---Sparkpeople are improving themselves physically and sometimes spiritually through wholesome lifestyle changes.
    If a FB member wants to improve their life style they will find SP. My concern is that GREED has taken over SP corporate and the very principles that make this site work for so many are now at risk!!
    2526 days ago
    Thank you. I for one, closed out my Facebook account as it was taking up too much of my time from here and things I needed to do at home. Thousands however do use Facebook.
    2526 days ago
    I belong to fb but don't really go to it. It's nice that sp wants to give the community the most options available! I think upbeat and out of the box thinking. Keep up the great job!
    2526 days ago
  • LENORE048
    I don't have facebook so I'm glad we have the option of using it or not. SP has so much to offer! Thanks.
    2526 days ago
    Please make this optional....I got a virus from Facebook and WILL NEVER GO ON IT AGAIN. If we're forced to do that I will have to leave Sparks, and I DON'T want to do that.

    2526 days ago
    I do not go onto my facebook account very often at all....mostly to see how my adult kids are doing! LOL!
    2526 days ago
    So many of my Facebook friends do not share the Spark interest or enthusiasm that I have, it is not realistic for me to Post my Spark entries on FB. It would aggravate them. Otherwise I would have not problme posting my Spark stuff on FB. I do post a few things here and there.
    2526 days ago
    Not a FB fan, hope this doesn't come back to bite SP, hope SP is not eyeing their membership, hope SP is not hoping for more advertising revenue as a result, etc etc.

    2526 days ago
    nice- I'm on FB but want to be exclusive to my fellow sparkies, so other than 'liking' the sparkpeople fb page, I'll stick with the regular routine!
    2526 days ago
    2526 days ago
    Thanks! I really like being able to keep things separate! emoticon
    2526 days ago
    Though I understand the marketing ploy FB offers, and FB is OPTIONAL for we SP members, I WILL NEVER FB.

    FB has a very long history of member abuse and privacy violations. What will be exposed next?

    If a .com'er is so cavalier with it's database now it's future has the stench of criminality.

    "I Did Not Like This" emoticon
    2526 days ago
    I'm glad this is optional, too. I use FB but it ticks me off more often than not. I get bored with it...I especially hate seeing farmville requests...On the other hand, I love SP and almost never get bored with it. I love the sense of "community" here. :)

    2526 days ago
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