Plaxo? No thanks

Following the launch of the new Plaxo last week, I have been thinking that maybe enough time has passed from the bad days of Plaxo that perhaps it’s time to try it again.

Shel and I even talked about it in last Thursday’s FIR #253.

Then I got four requests by email from friends asking me to update my contact info with Plaxo.

Each email still has that irritating text re if I don’t wish to receive update request emails from [Name] any longer, I can ‘click here’ to opt-out.

I never opted in!

This is so annoying. And ironically, my email spam filter trapped each of those email requests as spam.

Enough said.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Dave Briggs

    Neville – I think the valur of Plaxo is when it is embedded into other services – doesn’t it power the likes of Facebook and LinkedIn when they hunt through your address books to find contacts who are already on the platform?

    That’s pretty useful. The ‘update’ spam is damn annoying though.

  2. Tom

    I’m pretty sure those emails are only sent out by people using Plaxo, not Plaxo itself. Of course, it’d be nice if Plaxo didn’t let them send bulk emails. Maybe you should ask those people not to spam you in the future.

  3. neville

    Tom, those emails are sent by actual people, sure, but the content is auto-generated. I don’t blame my friends; I’m just irritated by the crassness of the auto-texts.

    Dave, I think the neatest-looking feature of Plaxo 3 is the new Pulse tool. But I’m not feeling compelled about any of Plaxo right now.

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