Plaxo…Apologizes

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Plaxo CEO Ben Golub wrote a public apology on their corporate blog for their past actions in encouraging “acquaintance spam”. I have to say that I never actually thought this would happen. I’m surprised and happy to see this.

Heck, I might even join the service to show my support. And I mean that without any trace of sarcasm whatsoever (really). Here’s the meat of the apology:

Plaxo has been taking its lumps across the blogosphere the past couple of days. Most of which, frankly, we deserve…To everyone who hated getting Plaxo update messages, felt we were generating acquaintance spam, or otherwise were harmed by the service, I personally apologize on behalf of all of the people at Plaxo. I know we have a long way to go to earn your trust, and can only ask that you judge us by our actions going forward.

Thank you, Plaxo. Consider me a supporter from here on out.

  • http://cbcg.net/ Toby DiPasquale

    I’m confused. Are you unaware of Twitter’s real-time search capability via Summize or just ignoring it?

    • http://marktrapp.com Mark Trapp

      search.twitter.com is a poor excuse for real-time monitoring of keywords, given its requirement that you constantly interact with it (in order to get new results, you have to keep refreshing the page). Being able to passively monitor keywords allows people to keep on top of social media information while still being able to do other things.

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  • Geoff Wright

    Understand that they’re nailing the tech etc atm, but I really just don’t see the use in FriendFeed. Is it a UK/Europe/Just me thing?

    Techcrunch is the only place I really notice FriendFeed updates.

    Its only any good if the circles you mix in all have an online presences PAST Facebook.

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  • Andy

    Both friendfeed’s search results and twitter’s search results are available via RSS. While not necessarily real-time, this can be used as track functionality in the short term.

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  • Earth To Gillmor

    Steve, do you have any idea what enterprise software is? (Hint: it is neither FriendFeed nor Twitter.)

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    Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a little pony called “http server” that roamed the wilds of academia, darpa and ngo’s. The little pony was very happy to carry the loads of arcane astrocosmology on its back. After several years in academia, “business” discovered the little pony and a new economy was built upon the back of the little pony. The little pony grew up and now has a foal. Funny how “enterprise software” works.

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