***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Also... Word-Of-Mouth, a.k.a. "Buzz Marketing" is real hot now... not only does this data base provide valid emails, but it reveals who is embedded in what network for WOM marketing. Take this data base and compare to a data base of doctors and BigPharma has what it needs to do their influence network marketing of new drugs to prescribing doctors. Maps like this could be created ad infinitum... http://www.orgnet.com/KOL.html When you enter your data into "thenamesdatabase" they probably pick up your IP address, so they know where you are geographically. If you do this at work, they know your employer. If you do this from your favorite internet/WiFi cafe, they know where you hang out... building 2-mode networks here! Match this data base with "terrorist watch lists" and things get real interesting... I suspect the goal is to sell this data base to as many parties as possible. Valdis P.S. I doubt their 16,000,000+ number... On Oct 26, 2005, at 11:49 AM, Valdis wrote: > What a great way for spammers to collect valid email addresses... > > Valdis > > On Oct 26, 2005, at 10:26 AM, David Carpe wrote: > >> stumbled onto this via a request to join - this firm collects >> information on people for 'networking purposes' but without any real >> user/member services beyond offering email contacts that are >> validated...each joining member must provide 4 unique email referrals >> to enter the site as well. already at 16 million users in a matter of >> months...speaks loads to the power of networks, but for what? >> >> any thoughts on what one might realistically do with a dbase of this >> nature? www.thenamesdatabase.com _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.