AOL To Integrate Plaxo -- Get Ready For Plaxo Spam Influx

from the oh-great dept

Uh oh. For those who remember, the September that never ended was when AOL users were suddenly let loose on Usenet, and what was once useful, was filled with a ton of somewhat clueless posters who made it difficult to filter through the muck. Today, AOL announced plans to integrate Plaxo's tools into AIM. Considering the amount of Plaxo spam that already is out there, do we really need to make it even easier to bug people every few months about their contact info? Almost all of the Plaxo spam I receive is from people I do not know. I don't know why I'm in their address book -- and I don't know why they've told Plaxo they know me. So, do we really need millions of AOL users who don't quite realize that they're about to spam everyone they ever spoke to, and handing them a tool to do so? Update: A Plaxo representative has given an in-depth rebuttal in the comments that's worth reading. I still find the claim that you only get spammed if you're a "non-Plaxo member" to be a bit disingenuous. It's telling me if I only signed up, I'd avoid these messages. However, the other points made are certainly valid, and clearly Plaxo is making a big effort to deal with some of the early complaints about the service. The note also points out that (thankfully!) part of the AOL agreement is that the initial process of spamming everyone you know has been removed from the startup wizard -- so hopefully the results won't be quite so annoying for those of us who prefer not to use their service.

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    Stacy Martin, 7 Jul 2005 @ 11:04am

    "Is it time to update your block list???"

    Actually, I'd say that in order for our business model to work, it depends on building a business that people can trust. We feel trust comes from trying to do the right thing, listening and responding to the feedback of both members and non-members and operating in an open and transparent fashion.

    If administrators do wish to block messages from Plaxo members sent to their domain, my advice would be to point people to our blog entry on this rather than passing on incorrect information.

    People can also chose to block messages sent to their own specific email address by following the link included in the Update Request message or alternatively going to:
    https://www.plaxo.com/opt_out

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