The other day I wanted to share an article from the New York Times website to Twitter. I expected the usual behavior I know from other websites: a popup window or direct link to the Twitter homepage with a pre-filled message window. However I was asked to create a New York Times account first. Quite a surprise! But why not, the New York Times is a quality newspaper and I might use some of their other features in the future.
So how does this actually work? Well, first I was greeted with this screen:
After linking my Twitter account – of course, via OAuth – half of the registration form was already filled with information from my Twitter account. In order to complete the registration process I had to provide an email address and password. I didn’t expect to provide these information because I think, login with a third-party account is enough. Email and password shouldn’t be mandatory information in that case.
Anyway, after providing all information my account was ready to use. I also linked my Facebook account later which worked as expected. Actually, I really like the Facebook integration on the New York Times website. It looks like as Facebook was actually a part of the site and not some third-party widget. Really cool. Also I appreciate that the New York Times provides a Social Media FAQ which explains all necessary information.