Optical/IP Networks

Plaxo People

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Ahhhhhh!! Would you please *&^%$! stop it!

What is up with Plaxo people? Don't they get it? Plaxo is cheesy. It's low class. It's like trying to pick up chicks in a Pinto

Plaxo seems like something some cut-rate venture capitalist came up with while he was bored at the golf club: "I know, we'll cook up an application that lets folks spam their contact information and viruses to people they barely even know!"

I guess every era has its own Pointcast.

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:00:45 AM
re: Plaxo People Any Plaxo people out there that want to try to defend it?
Keebler 12/5/2012 | 3:00:43 AM
re: Plaxo People Like most tools and other implements, it's all in how you use it.

Only the most clueless of folks allow Plaxo to send out spam to everyone on their contacts list. Heck, the last thing I want to do is contact 90% of the people that infest my contacts list. It really needs a Spring cleaning, but just as soon as you delete someone, they show up as the C-something-O of a major customer.

If used judiciously, Plaxo can be pretty cool. If you only send messages to people you know well - or don't send messages at all and just enter their email addresses to see if they're already sucked in - it does a nice job of keeping up with folks who change jobs and locations often. No spam (no emailing at all) involved.

And there's still a lot of that moving from job-to-job thing going on in our industry.
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:00:41 AM
re: Plaxo People Keebler,

Hmm. Still don't buy it.

If you had more than one banana I'd be more receptive.

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