***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Jon, I see your point of view. I blocked all Plaxo messages at my server because there were so many messages. After hearing a talk by someone from Plaxo, who claimed they had stopped spamming people, I unblocked them, but was inundated with messages. On closer examination I found there was a way to turn them off. But, there is nothing Plaxo provides that was worth that trouble. The difference to me is that I have many hundreds (more than 1000?) email contacts, few of whom I would dream of bothering with emails requesting they spend their valuable time going to a website and declaring their undying trust and love for me. My Facebook contacts are people who have invited me, specifically asked me to invite them, or people I know are into such things. I have a number of contacts who I would be mortified if some software started sending them requests to declare their trust for me. Some people are busy. I know I am and when I get random requests from Plaxo and elsewhere, I ignore them. If there are too many, I block the messages at my server. What benefit do Spock and Plaxo really provide? -Don > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > 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 > point. > > > >> They >> also request you upload your contact lists from various email systems, >> so this may complicate things on what you know is happening "on your >> behalf". >> > > > 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). > > ~ Jon > > > _____________________________________________________________________ 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.