Linkedin, Twitter, and GMail Need a Read Only Password

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Tools for Startups

I have been exploring the use of several analysis applications that could access my LinkedIn account, my twitter account,  and my GMAIL account. They want to help me leverage private information that requires my account password.

So far so good, except that LinkedIn, Twitter, and Gmail don’t appear to have any provision for just granting read only access.

So if I want to use one of these analytic services I also have to grant them the ability to update my LinkedIn profile, tweet using my identity, and send e-mail using my identity.  I haven’t been comfortable allowing write access.

If there is a way to do this please leave a comment. The closest I have been able to come is to take advantage of a LinkedIn feature that allows me to create a private RSS feed for announcements that I receive from my connections. [RSS support now dead on LinkedIn]


Bliss Control a directory of links to the key commands needed to manage your social media settings. The tool allows you to quickly easily the correct settings page on the top social networks. Blisscontrol only provides links, you login directly to the service you want to update.


  • Change bio
  • Change email settings
  • Change profile picture
  • Change password
  • Delete account
  • Change design
  • Change username
  • Change mobile settings
  • Change connected accounts
  • Change email
  • Recover password
  • Change 3rd party permissions

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Foursquare
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • Meetup
  • Path
  • Instagram
  • Flickr

My Permissions

My Permissions allows you to review what apps have been granted access to your key social media accounts. It provides links to the permissions pages at major services for a quick review of the access rights you have granted–and where appropriate to revoke some of them. You can also register for alerts if you want to be notified of changes.

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