What I was using to hit Facebook — unreleased Plaxo Pulse

OK, so I’ve been released from my NDA. I was alpha testing an upcoming feature of Plaxo Pulse — this feature has not yet been released and now that my account has gotten shut down it’s not clear whether it will be released. It is a Facebook importer that works just like any other address book importer.

What does it collect?

Names and email address and birthday.

Why those? Because it’s trying to connect Facebook names with names in its database.

For instance, it learned that of the 5,000 people in my Facebook account about 1,800 were already on Plaxo.

It did NOT look at anything else. Just this stuff, no social graph data. No personal information.

Why do this?

I wanted to get all my contacts into my Microsoft Outlook address book and hook them up with the Plaxo system, which 1,800 of my friends are already on.

It’s ironic that you can import your Gmail address book into Facebook but you can’t export back out.

345 thoughts on “What I was using to hit Facebook — unreleased Plaxo Pulse

  1. Tereasa Valdez Klein should not use the word retarded.

    That would is both very derogatory and both very offensive to people who are mentally challenged.

    I don’t think that she knows what that word means or the full ramiforcations of it.

    I don’t think that Ms.Klein has been exposed to be who are mentally challenged.

    If she was she wouldn’t be making the disparaging remarks that she did.

    Ms.Klein needs to show some empathy towards people who are relatively different than what she is.

  2. Tereasa Valdez Klein should not use the word retarded.

    That would is both very derogatory and both very offensive to people who are mentally challenged.

    I don’t think that she knows what that word means or the full ramiforcations of it.

    I don’t think that Ms.Klein has been exposed to be who are mentally challenged.

    If she was she wouldn’t be making the disparaging remarks that she did.

    Ms.Klein needs to show some empathy towards people who are relatively different than what she is.

  3. It’s all good, I won’t turn you in, or anything. Even if I don’t get cut in. All you have is my honor. Although I do like the girl. You let her know that I know and to talk if theres any jibber jabber to be done.

  4. It’s all good, I won’t turn you in, or anything. Even if I don’t get cut in. All you have is my honor. Although I do like the girl. You let her know that I know and to talk if theres any jibber jabber to be done.

  5. If it’s on the web, you can only get pissy with yourself for not having the foresight to not put it out there. Any one of your FB friends could expose any bit of data about you they care to–if you show it to them…

  6. If it’s on the web, you can only get pissy with yourself for not having the foresight to not put it out there. Any one of your FB friends could expose any bit of data about you they care to–if you show it to them…

  7. Downloading copies of pieces of 4,999 records is a different context than handwriting those same pieces of 4,999 records. The download is most likely not for the same purpose as the handwriting.

    Also, I don’t think anyone really has 4,999 friends. I seriously doubt that anyone has more than 8 really close friends with whom they would feel totally comfortable sharing very personal feelings.

  8. Downloading copies of pieces of 4,999 records is a different context than handwriting those same pieces of 4,999 records. The download is most likely not for the same purpose as the handwriting.

    Also, I don’t think anyone really has 4,999 friends. I seriously doubt that anyone has more than 8 really close friends with whom they would feel totally comfortable sharing very personal feelings.

  9. If it’s on the web, you can only get pissy with yourself for not having the foresight to not put it out there. Any one of your FB friends could expose any bit of data about you they care to–if you show it to them.

    Scoble, I think this is fantastic. Not so much that the data were sent to such-and-such corp, but that (1) you were able to automate it and (2) that it woke people up to data security who are outside of IT by a long shot. It’s precisely this kind of destruction of naiivete that is going to help push end users to learn what they’re dealing with and how to protect themselves if they are uncomfortable with spreading their personal data all over.

  10. If it’s on the web, you can only get pissy with yourself for not having the foresight to not put it out there. Any one of your FB friends could expose any bit of data about you they care to–if you show it to them.

    Scoble, I think this is fantastic. Not so much that the data were sent to such-and-such corp, but that (1) you were able to automate it and (2) that it woke people up to data security who are outside of IT by a long shot. It’s precisely this kind of destruction of naiivete that is going to help push end users to learn what they’re dealing with and how to protect themselves if they are uncomfortable with spreading their personal data all over.

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