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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    Sgt DeWolf, 17 Oct 2005 @ 11:34am

    How does Plaxo work

    I've read a whole lot of information on how Plaxo says it works but I have not read anything on how it works.

    I am not looking for any trademarked or patented information but what I am looking for is quite simple: HOW DOES YOUR PROCESS WORK?

    I am curious as to things like "why do you need a plug-in to MS Outlook?" A plug-in tells me that you are forcing it to talk back to your Plaxo servers. If this is true, then what information is being maintained on your servers. Are you maintaining names and addresses or just pointers to a members MS Outlook?

    Since your "service" is free, how do you make money? Do you sell your lists? Do you sell ads that pop up to me?

    From what I have been reading about what your company has been saying about out there... how good it is, it appears that your service is too good to be true. And, rhetorically speaking, you know what my mom told be about those kind of people!

    Sgt

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