WARNING: Do NOT load Quechup

I’m late on writing about this, but I was worried that I’d actually help this company out. Why? Because whenever I write negatively about a company that gets tons of you to check out the company and some of you even like the services I’m ragging on. For instance, I said I hated MSN Spaces and almost 100 million people signed up for it after I said that including my own wife who says she wishes she picked another service, but is happy that leaving a comment there is so tough that she has very few trolls. :-)

But this has gotten so bad that I think I need to write about it and explain just how bad this company is. Please read this post all the way through if you are one of those who think I’m an idiot and therefore anything I hate must be something you should try. If you do that with this company you’ll spam all your friends and you’ll be extremely pissed.

Which gets me to what got me to write this note in the first place.

Over the past week or so I’ve gotten DOZENS of spam from this service. Almost always it’s followed by an email saying “I’m sorry” from the person who tried it out.

This service sucks. Do NOT try it out.

Want more details? Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle has been tracking this story.

Some more thoughts:

1) Quechup has just raised the bar for me to try new services out. Now I won’t try things out until dozens of my friends tell me that a service is safe to try. That means that competing with Facebook (or MySpace or LinkedIn or Plaxo) is going to be very tough. Services won’t go viral anymore because we just won’t believe the email we’re getting from our friends.

2) This has been going on a long time and has gotten to the front page of Digg, but I continue getting these things (I’m getting a few of these emails every day from people who should know better).

3) This is really pissing off a lot of people. I’ve seen tons of posts like this one over on Matt Dickman’s TechnoMarketer blog.

4) It’s sad that some companies feel they are going to be able to make a business on top of strategies like this one.

I’d love to support a lawsuit against the company for doing this.

74 thoughts on “WARNING: Do NOT load Quechup

  1. Another great post, Robert.

    I’ve been promoting social networking with clients, friends and colleagues. I agree, sites like this are adding to ‘social networking fatigue.’

    In fact, friends that I’ve connected with through legit sits like Plaxo, Facebook and LinkedIn simply aren’t responding when I have sent them Spock and a few other requests.

    What’s more, the tech laggards in my address book won’t even respond to simple Plaxo address update requests.

    Learning about (or worse, an experience with) sites like Quechup could scare them away from social networking altogether.

    And that would truly suck.

    Patrick Byers
    The Responsible Marketing Blog
    http://responsiblemarketing.com

  2. Another great post, Robert.

    I’ve been promoting social networking with clients, friends and colleagues. I agree, sites like this are adding to ‘social networking fatigue.’

    In fact, friends that I’ve connected with through legit sits like Plaxo, Facebook and LinkedIn simply aren’t responding when I have sent them Spock and a few other requests.

    What’s more, the tech laggards in my address book won’t even respond to simple Plaxo address update requests.

    Learning about (or worse, an experience with) sites like Quechup could scare them away from social networking altogether.

    And that would truly suck.

    Patrick Byers
    The Responsible Marketing Blog
    http://responsiblemarketing.com

  3. I had a bunch of invite e-mails this autumn from people whom I could never suspect to invite me to such network.
    So, now the mystery is solved.
    I wonder did they thought about consequences and community reaction to this dirty trick?

  4. I had a bunch of invite e-mails this autumn from people whom I could never suspect to invite me to such network.
    So, now the mystery is solved.
    I wonder did they thought about consequences and community reaction to this dirty trick?

  5. Wow, I knew your blog was popular but I had no idea that you had 100 million readers that read your negative review of MSN Spaces then went and signed up anyway! I’m impressed :)

    Thanks for the heads-up, unfortunately it only takes one of your friends that has your email address to not heed warnings and sign-up for you to get spammed. Hopefully, won’t be getting too many.

    GO GIANTS!

  6. Wow, I knew your blog was popular but I had no idea that you had 100 million readers that read your negative review of MSN Spaces then went and signed up anyway! I’m impressed :)

    Thanks for the heads-up, unfortunately it only takes one of your friends that has your email address to not heed warnings and sign-up for you to get spammed. Hopefully, won’t be getting too many.

    GO GIANTS!

  7. I first found out it was a spam engine through Twitter, quite a few of my friends chronicled the process and dismay of the whole thing. Then I got a few invites, I checked it out and thought it didn’t look Web 2.0 enough so I didn’t even try it. I’m glad I didn’t. Thank goodness for Twitter and my friends. Glad to see a post from you on it.

  8. I first found out it was a spam engine through Twitter, quite a few of my friends chronicled the process and dismay of the whole thing. Then I got a few invites, I checked it out and thought it didn’t look Web 2.0 enough so I didn’t even try it. I’m glad I didn’t. Thank goodness for Twitter and my friends. Glad to see a post from you on it.

  9. I signed up before I read your alert, Robert, but fortunately, I make it a policy (on every site) to never feed in address books. This was the site that would not allow me to enter my city in New Zealand! It insisted I needed to insert a ‘region’ and there is no corresponding one for any of the major cities here—guess it’s only for Kiwis who live in smaller towns and in the country!

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