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On Dec 19, 2007 10:49 AM, Valdis Krebs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> No, my understanding is you have to have signed up on the site to have
> a trust request sent "on your behalf", but you may not be aware that
> your actions are resulting in emails being sent to your friends.
I'm trying to understand how this is different from any other SNS. Adding
someone to your "trust network" here is like friending someone at Facebook
or Myspace or wherever else. All of these sites notify your "friends" as
you select them. I personally have never joined an SNS that it wasn't in
response to an invitation generated this way. So I guess I don't see your
> also request you upload your contact lists from various email systems,
> so this may complicate things on what you know is happening "on your
This has also become standard since the APIs were developed by Google,
Yahoo, et al. Quechup handled this badly, but I saw nothing unsual or
inappropriate in the way Spock handled the contact uploads. I don't think
this is an issue, either.
I'm beginning to think the pile-on is fueled, not by significant issues with
this particular system, but by general frustration with the increasing
complexity of the online social environment, and the myriad calls for our
scarce attention. The real message here is probably that we don't want or
need "yet another social network" [platform], especially one that requires
more of our attention than we're willing to give. Hopefully entrepreneurs
who want to build "the next Facebook" will pay attention (but I doubt it).
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