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Google+ dark pattern?

Dark patterns are user interface elements designed to trick people into performing some action they may not have intended.

Google+ offers a single sign-in feature for stuff like blog comments - an example of this can be seen on this blogger post. This is how the comment box is presented to me if I am signed into my Google account:

Looks like a text box to me. (clicky bigger)

Now, if you're not paying close attention, you may miss the G+ logo or the 'circles' - it appears to me that this is a text box inviting me to add a comment under the name on my Google account. In actuality, the entire area is a "button" which takes me to a Google+ sign up page. Tricked!

by fuzzix on Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:23.


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