When you first create and account with Tendtoo you will notice the option to logon with LinkedIn. When you click that button, Tendtoo will direct you to LinkedIn for authentication. After authentication, LinkedIn will provide your LinkedIn account details to setup your Tendtoo account. The LinkedIn authentication page shows you the details that will be passed from LinkedIn to Tendtoo. You will not be surprised to see your email address in that list. But you may be surprised to see Tendtoo requesting access to your LinkedIn network. I want to spend this time describing our intent with this request of your LinkedIn data. And I'd like to make you a promise about protecting your network and never reaching out to your contacts without your permission.
One of the first use cases Doug and I imagined for Tendtoo was finding our LinkedIn friends at IT events. We spent so much time at events and made some many contacts, both business and personal. When we return to an event a year later we wanted a service to overlay event attendance with our LinkedIn contact list. And then we could see which of our old friends would also be at the show. We built Tendtoo to provide this service.
To do this we implemented LinkedIn authentication for Tendtoo. When you login to Tendtoo, your LinkedIn contact list is checked against events for which you have declared your interest. If any of your LinkedIn contacts have also signed into Tendtoo and declared their interest in that event, we can notify the two of you. Our plan is to use these two sets to help connect you with your friends.
For the time being this capability is under development. But we hope it to be fully functional this year. More importantly, I clarify what we will not do with your contact list. And allow me to speak personally as an individual that values my privacy and is protective of my reputation when introducing people to new friends. Tendtoo will never reach out to anyone in your contact list. In fact, the network lookup that we perform during your login only provides Tendtoo the URLs of the LinkedIn profiles of people in your contact list. Tendtoo does not have their email address or other private information.
There may in the future be times when you are presented with the opportunity to use LinkedIn to tell people about Tendtoo. But that will never happen without you first being directed to LinkedIn and being asked to approve the communication. This is something we plan to implement in the future.
In summary, I just want to say that at all times I want Tendtoo passing the "red faced test". In other words, if I were embarrassed (red faced) to publicly speak of a feature, then the feature should not exist. I want to be proud of everything we do. I hope you'll put your trust in us with your LinkedIn login. And if you have any concerns or need for further explanation please let us know.