Plaxo as malware
Who else thinks Plaxo is an unethically intrusive piece of malware?
Recently I started using this thing again after ripping it out years ago as a dangerously intrusive invasion of my privacy. Plaxo apologised back then for being worms.
It is no better now. As far as I am aware I gave no permission to Plaxo to upload my email contacts, nor to email them all inviting them to Plaxo. But it did. Including my dead father.
Somehow I invited my aunt in Australia. She accidentally invited a friend of hers. Now, I know I get busy and I get dumb but the pattern to me is too obvious. This thing is deliberately viral and deliberately misleading in its interface.
I don't doubt that Plaxo has successfully socially engineered me into doing this and that they would be able to point to something I clicked to make it happen.
But guess how easy it is to unravel this stuff. not. Every single one of my Outlook contacts needs to be manually deleted, one by one.
I don't like the way these people operate and I don't trust them. They aren't evil but they play fast and loose. I have ceased use of Plaxo.
I had to wade through help text to find out how. For anyone else who wants this creepy thing out of their lives, go here.
I'll stick to LinkedIn and facebook. Two's enough.