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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    Hawaii Friends, 22 Mar 2006 @ 4:38am

    Oh come on, they aren't that bad.

    Guys gotta stop whining so much. There are plenty of ways to control the spam if you do not like it. Plaxo spam isn't even remotely as terrible as regular spam about my penis size and how to refinance my home. I am not a Plaxo member nor do I really care for those services either, but all the Plaxo spam I did receive were from legitimate friends of mine. I told my friends that had it, basically, if we are close enough significantly to the point where we keep in touch, I will call you time and time again. If I lose you, well hey, we probably weren't that good of friends anyways and life goes on. So, really, I have no need for it, but come on, they have a worthy cause, and the only spam I received was from people I knew.

    Oh and btw, your continuous flaming of the privacy rep only helps their marketing and advertisement and fame ?infamy? on this site. So if you really don't like them, you should be smart and shut up.

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