Plaxo 3.0, the new “Switzerland” of social networks, but…

UPDATE: Not yet on TechCrunch (as of 10:13 p.m.)! Damn, it’s not often that I scoop Mike Arrington by more than an hour on an important Web product launch! Hi Mike! :-) Heck, as of 10:48 p.m. it’s not up on Om Malik’s site, either.

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I really want to love the new Plaxo. The 18-minute demo I got last week is awesome — see it embedded above. They’ve completely rebuilt the system from scratch and removed the reliance on Outlook and the negative “send spam to your friends” kind of stuff.

UPDATE: Here’s an interview I did with the chief platform architect and VP of marketing of Plaxo and here’s the demo video which shows us what’s cool and new about the new Plaxo.

It’s now a Web service. In fact you can use Plaxo without loading any software. All to manage your contacts. For someone like me that still has most of my contacts in Outlook the new Plaxo is a godsend. It lets me move my contacts, my calendar data, and other things out of Outlook and onto other platforms.

You can move things over to Google, AIM, Yahoo, the Mac’s iCal, and a variety of other applications and cell phones.

It is really awesome.

Now comes the “but.”

In my tests today it was way too slow. It’s not synching reliably with my Outlook 2007 running on Parallels on the Mac. Had to drop back to XP and Office 2003 to get it to work right. Even then it took hours to sync up my stuff and I only have 378 contacts in Outlook and a moderately complex calendar.

Also, I just checked my Gmail account and it didn’t synch those yet. Gotta go and figure that out.

On the other hand it now is encroaching on social networking apps like LinkedIn and Facebook. If they can get it all to work (and get filters for my cell phones and LinkedIn and Facebook itself) then it’d be great. UPDATE: the new Plaxo 3.0 already hooks up to LinkedIn, can someone try that and report on how it works?

Speaking of filters. When you log into the new Plaxo it doesn’t yet hook up with anything. You have to tell it how to hook up with things like Outlook and Gmail.

This will be MUCH clearer after you see the demo video. It really is pretty brilliant design for adding on new functionality. It’s just that there’s a lot missing that we need to really give the new Plaxo a five star review.

You’ll want to use this, though. When it works it’s the best way to manage your contacts.

If you try it out, what do you think?

UPDATE: Plaxo competitor LinkedIn today let leak that they are thinking of opening its platform up to developers. That’s a smart way to keep people on LinkedIn.

UPDATE2: there are several other articles about Plaxo 3.0 already up on TechMeme and I’ll put the best ones, as usual, on my link blog as well.

UPDATE3: If you try out the new Plaxo, make sure to add me as a contact and see if it brings down all my info. My email is robertscoble@hotmail.com

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  1. I think it only synchronizes Google Calendar and not Google contacts while it did sync my Hotmail and Yahoo contacts and calendars. One issue I have always faced with ANY sync software (ActiveSync included) is that they dont know which data element is more recent. e.g. If I change email id on my outlook and same contacts mobile number on the other, the sync software has no idea how to do this. So, Plaxo picked up old information from hotmail and overwrote information in my outlook, without even asking/confirming with me :(

  2. I think it only synchronizes Google Calendar and not Google contacts while it did sync my Hotmail and Yahoo contacts and calendars. One issue I have always faced with ANY sync software (ActiveSync included) is that they dont know which data element is more recent. e.g. If I change email id on my outlook and same contacts mobile number on the other, the sync software has no idea how to do this. So, Plaxo picked up old information from hotmail and overwrote information in my outlook, without even asking/confirming with me :(

  3. Hmm… I always had issues with the thought of making all my contact info available to Plaxo, but their new version does look interesting. Particularly for someone like me, who’s now really across multiple devices all the time and does need some kind of uber central syncing.

    I haven’t checked on this yet, but once Plaxo’s synced all my data, can I then pull the conical data back out of Plaxo to my other apps? For example, I lost a lot of Address Book data due to an OS X drive failure and now Google has got most of my contact info. The way Google handles contact sucks, however, and so it’s not a straight export back out to Address Book. Would love to be able to do so from something a bit more robust like Plaxo, if possible.

    Also need to check how easy it is to EXPORT data out of Plaxo, once you’re tied into it. While privacy policies are nice, getting everything out and in a format that works is a necessity.

  4. Hmm… I always had issues with the thought of making all my contact info available to Plaxo, but their new version does look interesting. Particularly for someone like me, who’s now really across multiple devices all the time and does need some kind of uber central syncing.

    I haven’t checked on this yet, but once Plaxo’s synced all my data, can I then pull the conical data back out of Plaxo to my other apps? For example, I lost a lot of Address Book data due to an OS X drive failure and now Google has got most of my contact info. The way Google handles contact sucks, however, and so it’s not a straight export back out to Address Book. Would love to be able to do so from something a bit more robust like Plaxo, if possible.

    Also need to check how easy it is to EXPORT data out of Plaxo, once you’re tied into it. While privacy policies are nice, getting everything out and in a format that works is a necessity.

  5. Hokey-dokey.

    I’ll have to give this a try. Hopefully the performance woes you speak of (and general syncing problems) don’t cause a lot of grief. The LinkedIn syncing is definitely cool. I have to say, I’m surprised by the number of LinkedIn messages I’ve been getting of late from folks.

  6. Hokey-dokey.

    I’ll have to give this a try. Hopefully the performance woes you speak of (and general syncing problems) don’t cause a lot of grief. The LinkedIn syncing is definitely cool. I have to say, I’m surprised by the number of LinkedIn messages I’ve been getting of late from folks.

  7. Why can we not import our Gmail contacts? I can import everything else just fine, but no Gmail!?

  8. Why can we not import our Gmail contacts? I can import everything else just fine, but no Gmail!?

  9. Robert, it looks like TechMeme is the only way we’ll see if there’s other coverage. I swear Google Reader has been down for hours… Nothing since 11 on Sunday at the latest.

  10. Robert, it looks like TechMeme is the only way we’ll see if there’s other coverage. I swear Google Reader has been down for hours… Nothing since 11 on Sunday at the latest.

  11. Yea, I’ve noticed the same thing. Feeds in Google Reader haven’t been updated for many hours now. I exported and added the feeds from Google Reader to Bloglines temporarily and all is fine over there. Hopefully it will get resolved by tomorrow morning.

  12. Yea, I’ve noticed the same thing. Feeds in Google Reader haven’t been updated for many hours now. I exported and added the feeds from Google Reader to Bloglines temporarily and all is fine over there. Hopefully it will get resolved by tomorrow morning.

  13. The implementation of Plaxo IS stupid.

    We are in a perfect case here where a local rich client is preferred, instead of an online application. Here is why :

    I watched the demo, and after the guy repeated 10 times the same thing and finally managed to click on one of the sync plugins, that’s when he explained that in order for this thing to work, you have to provide user and password. Yes!!!! you are giving your credentials to a third-party!!!!!!!

    That’s really when you have to laugh your ass off.

  14. The implementation of Plaxo IS stupid.

    We are in a perfect case here where a local rich client is preferred, instead of an online application. Here is why :

    I watched the demo, and after the guy repeated 10 times the same thing and finally managed to click on one of the sync plugins, that’s when he explained that in order for this thing to work, you have to provide user and password. Yes!!!! you are giving your credentials to a third-party!!!!!!!

    That’s really when you have to laugh your ass off.

  15. Stephanie

    How is that any different that what Facebook is asking too? If I recall correctly, you have to ‘login’ to the applications that you add on Facebook as well.

    I agree, that’s stupid, we need a common secure ID across all these systems.

  16. Stephanie

    How is that any different that what Facebook is asking too? If I recall correctly, you have to ‘login’ to the applications that you add on Facebook as well.

    I agree, that’s stupid, we need a common secure ID across all these systems.

  17. The reason why my order of social networks is Xing, Facebook, Linkedin is very simple.

    Facebook does provice me over Linkedin with information much richer – and while “but it is business only” is so last century, the new way facebook allows me to combine both is great. And with additional f8 there is a lot to do with facebook.

    But, in the end, when I am online, it does not matter where i get the information. It is relevant when I am offline, and in more cases than not I do not have mobile access because I am not willing to pay international roaming fees for data, especially when I am in the US.

    Xing allows me to download all of my contacts into outlook. It is no synchronize, but you can manage and you have the relevant information downloaded on your mobile device.

    I am not the only one having asked for a synchro with outlook (after all, not even other systems), but Xing does prefer to “improve” their mobile client. Which, if you see my comment above, is totally beside the point.

    It is about integration and synchronisation if online of offline. The times when work was work and you left your private stuff on your home computer is gone. Everyone of us has 2+ devices they want to synchronize and for god’s sake, it is 2007.

    The standards are there and it still is not working with major clients properly.

    If facebook and plaxo can open up the competition, so be it. But I still believe it needs a third party developper like plaxo to do it right, just like back then with intellisync.

    But in the long run I agree with Jeremiah – I do not want to tell (as I do at the moment in 3 new systems) everybody over and over again that you are my contact. We’ve done this a thousand times now.

    Can those developppers please wake up?

    Silo is yesterday. Try it and you will fail.

  18. The reason why my order of social networks is Xing, Facebook, Linkedin is very simple.

    Facebook does provice me over Linkedin with information much richer – and while “but it is business only” is so last century, the new way facebook allows me to combine both is great. And with additional f8 there is a lot to do with facebook.

    But, in the end, when I am online, it does not matter where i get the information. It is relevant when I am offline, and in more cases than not I do not have mobile access because I am not willing to pay international roaming fees for data, especially when I am in the US.

    Xing allows me to download all of my contacts into outlook. It is no synchronize, but you can manage and you have the relevant information downloaded on your mobile device.

    I am not the only one having asked for a synchro with outlook (after all, not even other systems), but Xing does prefer to “improve” their mobile client. Which, if you see my comment above, is totally beside the point.

    It is about integration and synchronisation if online of offline. The times when work was work and you left your private stuff on your home computer is gone. Everyone of us has 2+ devices they want to synchronize and for god’s sake, it is 2007.

    The standards are there and it still is not working with major clients properly.

    If facebook and plaxo can open up the competition, so be it. But I still believe it needs a third party developper like plaxo to do it right, just like back then with intellisync.

    But in the long run I agree with Jeremiah – I do not want to tell (as I do at the moment in 3 new systems) everybody over and over again that you are my contact. We’ve done this a thousand times now.

    Can those developppers please wake up?

    Silo is yesterday. Try it and you will fail.

  19. I added your adddress to my Plaxo and found your details.

    I can see a lot of good things happening with Plaxo. It does support the major PIMs out there but as you said, its a bit buggy. I don’t think it was synching the tasks well in Outlook 2007 running under XP SP2. Those email that are flagged as tasks that is.

    I would like to see a Palm desktop connector as well. As well as Novell and the other clients. Time will tell.

  20. I added your adddress to my Plaxo and found your details.

    I can see a lot of good things happening with Plaxo. It does support the major PIMs out there but as you said, its a bit buggy. I don’t think it was synching the tasks well in Outlook 2007 running under XP SP2. Those email that are flagged as tasks that is.

    I would like to see a Palm desktop connector as well. As well as Novell and the other clients. Time will tell.

  21. I have 2218 contacts in Plaxo already, and I wanted to de-dupe with my Google account, which is more recent. Plaxo sent me a message that is was “having trouble with your Google account.” Then I tried synching with Yahoo, and it told me I had so many contacts that it would help me behind the scenes. So everything I tried failed. Okay, it’s a beta; you convinced me. It is also slow.

    I did want it to de-dupe all the contacts I have on various mail services. That’s what I’ve always found Plaxo best for.

  22. I have 2218 contacts in Plaxo already, and I wanted to de-dupe with my Google account, which is more recent. Plaxo sent me a message that is was “having trouble with your Google account.” Then I tried synching with Yahoo, and it told me I had so many contacts that it would help me behind the scenes. So everything I tried failed. Okay, it’s a beta; you convinced me. It is also slow.

    I did want it to de-dupe all the contacts I have on various mail services. That’s what I’ve always found Plaxo best for.

  23. Hi Robert,

    Used your email and the contact details loaded up fine. I synched my google account and it states things are “happening in the background.” Strangely enough I have been syncing Outlook with Plaxo for quite some time and only today noticed a different number of contacts within each – off by about 20 total. I hope this gets resolved.

    Today’s slowness is attributed to the launch, but if the speed doesnt pickup I can see this being an issue for many.

    The idea of a googleoutlookyahooweb sync. has been such a large topic of convo. I will not be surprised when this whole story gets picked up as a much bigger deal this week.

  24. Hi Robert,

    Used your email and the contact details loaded up fine. I synched my google account and it states things are “happening in the background.” Strangely enough I have been syncing Outlook with Plaxo for quite some time and only today noticed a different number of contacts within each – off by about 20 total. I hope this gets resolved.

    Today’s slowness is attributed to the launch, but if the speed doesnt pickup I can see this being an issue for many.

    The idea of a googleoutlookyahooweb sync. has been such a large topic of convo. I will not be surprised when this whole story gets picked up as a much bigger deal this week.

  25. I am very tempted by the idea of synching up multiple address books and calendars but I am going to wait a few weeks/months for the bugs to be ironed out. I’m not sure I want to run the risk of messing up my contact and diary systems which seem to work well enough at the moment.

  26. I am very tempted by the idea of synching up multiple address books and calendars but I am going to wait a few weeks/months for the bugs to be ironed out. I’m not sure I want to run the risk of messing up my contact and diary systems which seem to work well enough at the moment.

  27. I have been all over this… Great stuff. The one problem with the LinkedIn intrgration (plaxo team I hope your listening)

    It duplicates too many contacts that you have to de-dupe. For example – If you didn’t join with your business address and you dont have thier personal address in your contacts. It seems to create a new record. Out of 900 contacts – I always have 100+ to de-dupe after syncing with LinkedIn

  28. I have been all over this… Great stuff. The one problem with the LinkedIn intrgration (plaxo team I hope your listening)

    It duplicates too many contacts that you have to de-dupe. For example – If you didn’t join with your business address and you dont have thier personal address in your contacts. It seems to create a new record. Out of 900 contacts – I always have 100+ to de-dupe after syncing with LinkedIn

  29. Hey Robert – all your details loaded up fine. My sync happened ok, and was actually reasonably quick. PRetty cool stuff.

  30. Hey Robert – all your details loaded up fine. My sync happened ok, and was actually reasonably quick. PRetty cool stuff.

  31. i installed plaxo 3.0 and synchronized with Gmail… as sanjay has given feedback (1st response above), i had the same experience. it synchronized the calendar and not the contacts. Since you are marketing Plaxo, guess you must have access to the right guys. Will appreciate if you bring it to their notice.

    The capability looks very exciting but its not working.

  32. Everybody – Plaxo is blocked from sending mail to my place of work because of the ‘spam me to attitude from plaxo’.

    I doubt the block will be removed

    While this reinvention might be good, the plaxo past might let it down for I still wont update contacts in other peoples address books where my information and theres still might be sold to spammers.

  33. Everybody – Plaxo is blocked from sending mail to my place of work because of the ‘spam me to attitude from plaxo’.

    I doubt the block will be removed

    While this reinvention might be good, the plaxo past might let it down for I still wont update contacts in other peoples address books where my information and theres still might be sold to spammers.

  34. i installed plaxo 3.0 and synchronized with Gmail… as sanjay has given feedback (1st response above), i had the same experience. it synchronized the calendar and not the contacts. Since you are marketing Plaxo, guess you must have access to the right guys. Will appreciate if you bring it to their notice.

    The capability looks very exciting but its not working.

  35. […] one of the biggest from-evil-to-useful stories around. As Plaxo VP of Marketing John McCrea says in an interview with Robert Scoble, they’ve moved away from their “overly viral” focus to a model focused on sync and sharing. […]

  36. *sigh*

    No MS Entourage support either, so I am now batting 0-for-2 in my attempt to import some data so I can try out the new Plaxo. I suppose I get what I deserve for being a fan of non-standard mail clients, but you’d think they’d at least offer some sort of generic .CSV import option.

    :-(

  37. *sigh*

    No MS Entourage support either, so I am now batting 0-for-2 in my attempt to import some data so I can try out the new Plaxo. I suppose I get what I deserve for being a fan of non-standard mail clients, but you’d think they’d at least offer some sort of generic .CSV import option.

    :-(

  38. rslux, Plaxo does indeed sync with Thunderbird. It’s how I’ve been using it for months. You just need to download the add-in here. It’s beta, and not as good as the Outlook plug-in, but it gets the job done.

  39. rslux, Plaxo does indeed sync with Thunderbird. It’s how I’ve been using it for months. You just need to download the add-in here. It’s beta, and not as good as the Outlook plug-in, but it gets the job done.

  40. Sure, it looks good from a VP of Marketing, but from an implementation standpoint there still is a ton of work to do before I would even touch it. Plus, Plaxo’s rep doesn’t sit well with me.

  41. Sure, it looks good from a VP of Marketing, but from an implementation standpoint there still is a ton of work to do before I would even touch it. Plus, Plaxo’s rep doesn’t sit well with me.

  42. Hi,Scoble.
    I always admire your work.
    I also am trying Plaxo 3.0 out.
    Could add your hotmail account easily.
    Sometimes it seems buggy, but it works properly most of the time.
    Thanks for introducing a cool stuff like this!

  43. Hi,Scoble.
    I always admire your work.
    I also am trying Plaxo 3.0 out.
    Could add your hotmail account easily.
    Sometimes it seems buggy, but it works properly most of the time.
    Thanks for introducing a cool stuff like this!

  44. You convinced me! I signed up! I can’t tell you whether it’s fast or slow though, only that it brings up a page saying it won’t work with Opera. I prefer Opera to Plaxo, so no Plaxo for me.

  45. You convinced me! I signed up! I can’t tell you whether it’s fast or slow though, only that it brings up a page saying it won’t work with Opera. I prefer Opera to Plaxo, so no Plaxo for me.

  46. What will happen to Plaxo if Microsoft decides to open up Outlook and add a web service to it-like Plaxo! It’s not so difficult but if Microsoft does it, then Plaxo’s gone, isn’t it? Don’t you think this isn’t a very good idea, however good it’s implementation may be?
    Of course, Microsoft hasn’t done any of those things yet, so no problem, Plaxo’s hale and hearty today, but the fact is that Microsoft could always do a better job of this…

  47. What will happen to Plaxo if Microsoft decides to open up Outlook and add a web service to it-like Plaxo! It’s not so difficult but if Microsoft does it, then Plaxo’s gone, isn’t it? Don’t you think this isn’t a very good idea, however good it’s implementation may be?
    Of course, Microsoft hasn’t done any of those things yet, so no problem, Plaxo’s hale and hearty today, but the fact is that Microsoft could always do a better job of this…

  48. sisirkoppaka: let me know when Microsoft lets you take all your contacts out of Outlook and put them into Gmail or some other contact-hungry application. Doubt it’ll ever happen.

  49. sisirkoppaka: let me know when Microsoft lets you take all your contacts out of Outlook and put them into Gmail or some other contact-hungry application. Doubt it’ll ever happen.

  50. I tried Plaxo, synced with gmail. my contacts did not import. But I am really disappointed that they do not have mobile sync. They only have mobile access, which is a lame replacement for real mobile sync. Guys should look at what GooSync have done. It syncs your calendar via syncML using whatever internet connection you’ve got. Since I am on an unlimited HSDPA plan, it rocks. I am back to goosync.

    P.S. If someone figured out how to delete Plaxo account, let me know here.

  51. I tried Plaxo, synced with gmail. my contacts did not import. But I am really disappointed that they do not have mobile sync. They only have mobile access, which is a lame replacement for real mobile sync. Guys should look at what GooSync have done. It syncs your calendar via syncML using whatever internet connection you’ve got. Since I am on an unlimited HSDPA plan, it rocks. I am back to goosync.

    P.S. If someone figured out how to delete Plaxo account, let me know here.

  52. Calling Plaxo the “Switzerland” of social networks or the “Switzerland” of personal infomation is misleading. I can’t see any aspect that would qualify Plaxo to be the “Switzerland” of social networks or of personal information. By Swiss standards, the product is unfit for the market.

  53. Calling Plaxo the “Switzerland” of social networks or the “Switzerland” of personal infomation is misleading. I can’t see any aspect that would qualify Plaxo to be the “Switzerland” of social networks or of personal information. By Swiss standards, the product is unfit for the market.

  54. Robert: Ha! I know it’s almost impossible but I do hope they realize that users don’t want to get latched onto a particular network and that they should win purely on the quality of their product. This is just like the case of using Flickr API to transfer user photos from Flickr to Zooomr-which even Stewart Butterfield says should be allowed. He himself said that they should win on the quality of their service. I don’t have the link to that forum post by Stewart, but I suppose you’ll know about it. If Microsoft believes it’s got the best product in the market, then it’s got nothing to worry about!

  55. Robert: Ha! I know it’s almost impossible but I do hope they realize that users don’t want to get latched onto a particular network and that they should win purely on the quality of their product. This is just like the case of using Flickr API to transfer user photos from Flickr to Zooomr-which even Stewart Butterfield says should be allowed. He himself said that they should win on the quality of their service. I don’t have the link to that forum post by Stewart, but I suppose you’ll know about it. If Microsoft believes it’s got the best product in the market, then it’s got nothing to worry about!

  56. Plaxo 3.0 review

    Here’s a quick review of my experience with the latest Plaxo 3.0 released on Monday.

    I’ve was introduced spamed by numerous Outlook invitations to Plaxo many years ago and thus created a profile. I was never hooked on it and continued to use Yahoo…

  57. […] Robert Scoble broke the news on Sunday night first as far as I can tell. The address book, calendar and task management and synchronization platform Plaxo opened their new version 3.0 beta to the public. […]

  58. Great preview if not a bit of the rose colored glasses thing going on. :)

    Added you, worked fine, near instantaneous.

    Found other contacts located on Plaxo, and sent out an update. I was able to work with Pulse, it’s straightforward enough.

    Plaxo has display problems in Firefox on the Mac. It might just be Firefox though. Someone else should check that.

    Thanks for sharing.

  59. Great preview if not a bit of the rose colored glasses thing going on. :)

    Added you, worked fine, near instantaneous.

    Found other contacts located on Plaxo, and sent out an update. I was able to work with Pulse, it’s straightforward enough.

    Plaxo has display problems in Firefox on the Mac. It might just be Firefox though. Someone else should check that.

    Thanks for sharing.

  60. I use MS Outlook 2007. I have been a Plaxo user for two or three years. I depend on it completely because I use public computers most of the time and need access to my contacts, so I am a fan of the application. Plaxo 2.0 however has problems as follows:
    1) It does not allow me to move my contacts from one folder to another. I have to download all the contacts into Outlook in order to move contacts among folders. It makes the use of folders useless.
    2) It does not recognize duplicates that are located in different folders. So I have about 1000 contacts of which about 50% are duplicates that I cannot dedupe because they are in different folders.
    3) I linked Plaxo to my Yahoo and now I have triplicates of all my contacts because Plaxo created a separate folder for my Yahoo contacts.
    I do not dare try the Beta 3.0 because I may end up with four versions of my contacts, with new and obsolete information that I would have to sort out manually. I am almost horrified by what 3.0 might bring, because I have not been able to get the company to fix version 2.0.

  61. I use MS Outlook 2007. I have been a Plaxo user for two or three years. I depend on it completely because I use public computers most of the time and need access to my contacts, so I am a fan of the application. Plaxo 2.0 however has problems as follows:
    1) It does not allow me to move my contacts from one folder to another. I have to download all the contacts into Outlook in order to move contacts among folders. It makes the use of folders useless.
    2) It does not recognize duplicates that are located in different folders. So I have about 1000 contacts of which about 50% are duplicates that I cannot dedupe because they are in different folders.
    3) I linked Plaxo to my Yahoo and now I have triplicates of all my contacts because Plaxo created a separate folder for my Yahoo contacts.
    I do not dare try the Beta 3.0 because I may end up with four versions of my contacts, with new and obsolete information that I would have to sort out manually. I am almost horrified by what 3.0 might bring, because I have not been able to get the company to fix version 2.0.

  62. I was interested in the calendar sync functionality.
    Outlook is my main calendar but I like to have access to it in Google or Yahoo (or Plaxo).
    However, I tend to set up generic repeating appointments, and then edit each one to record actual start/end times. When I edited an appointment in Plaxo, it changed EVERY occurence !
    I have deleted my calendar from Plaxo and will re-sync it from Outlook.
    (I just hope it does NOT go the other way !)
    Ross
    http://www.rossgoodman.com

  63. I was interested in the calendar sync functionality.
    Outlook is my main calendar but I like to have access to it in Google or Yahoo (or Plaxo).
    However, I tend to set up generic repeating appointments, and then edit each one to record actual start/end times. When I edited an appointment in Plaxo, it changed EVERY occurence !
    I have deleted my calendar from Plaxo and will re-sync it from Outlook.
    (I just hope it does NOT go the other way !)
    Ross
    http://www.rossgoodman.com

  64. Still not ready for prime time – it looks terrific (had no rendering troubles on Firefox myself), but I lost addressbook data (sometimes entire records, sometimes just particular fields).

  65. Still not ready for prime time – it looks terrific (had no rendering troubles on Firefox myself), but I lost addressbook data (sometimes entire records, sometimes just particular fields).

  66. “UPDATE3: If you try out the new Plaxo, make sure to add me as a contact and see if it brings down all my info. My email is robertscoble@hotmail.com

    – I added your email address to Plaxo 3.0 and received your complete sync info.
    – I used my Plaxo 2.0 Outlook toolbar to sync with online Plaxo 3.0 and only received your email address (which also shows as the name field) in Outlook.
    – 1) I upgraded my Outlook Plaxo toolbar to 3.x; 2) sync’d from the Outlook Plaxo toolbar with Web Plaxo 3.0; 3) Your complete contact info appeared in Outlook Contacts.

    BL: Sync’ing between desktop OL and Web Plaxo 3.0 means that OL Plaxo toolbar also must be v. 3.0.

  67. “UPDATE3: If you try out the new Plaxo, make sure to add me as a contact and see if it brings down all my info. My email is robertscoble@hotmail.com

    – I added your email address to Plaxo 3.0 and received your complete sync info.
    – I used my Plaxo 2.0 Outlook toolbar to sync with online Plaxo 3.0 and only received your email address (which also shows as the name field) in Outlook.
    – 1) I upgraded my Outlook Plaxo toolbar to 3.x; 2) sync’d from the Outlook Plaxo toolbar with Web Plaxo 3.0; 3) Your complete contact info appeared in Outlook Contacts.

    BL: Sync’ing between desktop OL and Web Plaxo 3.0 means that OL Plaxo toolbar also must be v. 3.0.

  68. I’ve been using Plaxo for a while now and I am using Firefox on Linux to access it, and have been syncing with LinkedIn and Thunderbird on Linux. I have to say so far I am pretty impressed. My contact list is probably small by comparison to some people out there (~120) but it seems to work fine for me. I use the calendar pretty extensively too now. I appreciate there are some bugs but overall I think it is a great tool – just need more people to sign up to maximise the benefit.

    As you mention, Facebook integration and mobile syncing (in the UK – the US already have it I believe) would be superb.

  69. I’ve been using Plaxo for a while now and I am using Firefox on Linux to access it, and have been syncing with LinkedIn and Thunderbird on Linux. I have to say so far I am pretty impressed. My contact list is probably small by comparison to some people out there (~120) but it seems to work fine for me. I use the calendar pretty extensively too now. I appreciate there are some bugs but overall I think it is a great tool – just need more people to sign up to maximise the benefit.

    As you mention, Facebook integration and mobile syncing (in the UK – the US already have it I believe) would be superb.

  70. Web 2.0 Needs An Open Platform For Connections

    Too many accounts. Too many profiles.
    I recently signed up for Facebook [link to my Facebook profile]. I found myself duplicating a process that I’ve gone through many times before. Here I am yet again creating a username and another pa…

  71. Reviewed: All-New Plaxo Online

    Plaxo has been around for a long time. I signed up with them many years ago when they were first starting out. The main idea behind Plaxo was to have your contact information available on the web. When someone you know also signs up with Plaxo, you would

  72. I was able to finish reading the article before all the fucking shit (widgets) you have embedded on it loaded completely. What is this, the mid 90's? You really have to put every fucking widget on the Intertwat on your stupid nothing blog? Jesus Christ.I don't know what's worse. This many JavaScript widgets or flashturbation on EVERY MOVIE SITE EVER?I'm putting this site on my hosts file. Awful.

  73. I was able to finish reading the article before all the fucking shit (widgets) you have embedded on it loaded completely. What is this, the mid 90's? You really have to put every fucking widget on the Intertwat on your stupid nothing blog? Jesus Christ.

    I don't know what's worse. This many JavaScript widgets or flashturbation on EVERY MOVIE SITE EVER?

    I'm putting this site on my hosts file. Awful.

  74. I was able to finish reading the article before all the fucking shit (widgets) you have embedded on it loaded completely. What is this, the mid 90's? You really have to put every fucking widget on the Intertwat on your stupid nothing blog? Jesus Christ.

    I don't know what's worse. This many JavaScript widgets or flashturbation on EVERY MOVIE SITE EVER?

    I'm putting this site on my hosts file. Awful.