Bitbuzz takes the headache out of hotspot log-ins with Facebook and Twitter integration

7 May 2013

Bitbuzz managing director Shane Deasy with operations director Alex French

Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming more common throughout Ireland, but users often bemoan those that require registration and log-in before browsing. Thankfully, Bitbuzz has heeded users’ whines and now allows for faster log-in via Facebook or Twitter.

Facebook and Twitter log-ins have been integrated across the web as they allow users who have already registered for one or the other to sign up and log in to additional services with minimal effort. This is now how users in a Bitbuzz Wi-Fi zone will be able to access these hotspots and, no, the service will not tweet what you’re browsing or post your internet history to your timeline.

Bitbuzz claims that users’ rights remain paramount and that their data will be protected. “This new departure for Bitbuzz has been developed to meet user demand,” said Bitbuzz operations director Alex French. “We are constantly trying to make it simpler and quicker to get online, while still complying with Irish and UK data-retention laws.”

Bitbuzz has more than 430 Wi-Fi hotspots across Ireland and further expansion is planned for this year. The service reported more than 1m registered users at the end of 2012, marking a 46pc increase.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.