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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    Steevo, 6 Jul 2005 @ 10:26pm

    Re: Getting the facts correct about Plaxo and AOL

    Heh. Yeah. All asinine assumptions. That I am in someone's address book does not mean I know or want to communicate or keep in touch, or especially have an even semi-automated email sent my way through your "service".
    As an example I may have written someone- one time, to give them information they had requested. Or to tell them they have the wrong email address. Maybe the message was replied by them, and auto added to their address book. Or my message may have been filtered to junk, when they "not junked" it I was added to their address book.
    Forget all that stuff. If someone wants to email me they should HAVE to do it manually.
    Remind me to add all Plaxo's IPs to my blocklist. Sheesh.

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