ADMIN: Invites from Social Networks

4 Sep 2007 - 6:41am
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Dave Malouf
2005

Today an invite went out to the IxDA Discussion list inviting people
to a social network on behalf of a subscriber.

I haven't spoken to this subscriber yet, but I am going to assume the
following. They said invite everyone in my Gmail contact list unaware
of the fact that their contact list consists of everyone they have
ever written an email to including discussion lists like this one.

Ok, yes, the person didn't want to do this, but they did and they have
to be responsible for it. Folks, there are some things that is just
not OK and not knowing who you are sending "spam" to is NOT OK.

I don't know what we can do to block such invitations in the future,
but we will send reprimands to people to do send them and if people
continue to send them, we will most likely take action. I will make
sure that we add something to the guidelines for the list in the
coming weeks to address this new "foe".

-- dave

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Comments

4 Sep 2007 - 6:48am
Ian Fenn
2007

On 4/9/07 12:41, "David Malouf" <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:
> I haven't spoken to this subscriber yet, but I am going to assume the
> following. They said invite everyone in my Gmail contact list unaware
> of the fact that their contact list consists of everyone they have
> ever written an email to including discussion lists like this one.

If blog postings are to be believed, the service concerned doesn't actually
request permission, i.e. The user concerned didn't knowingly invite anyone.

So, please don't be too hard on them...

All the best,

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Chopstix Media
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4 Sep 2007 - 7:37am
Navneet Nair
2004

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/09/rancid-bacn.html

I second Ian on that, here is a post on Seth Godin's site about the same
service and looks like this is one sure-fire way to get bad publicity about
your social-networking site. Interestingly other sites like Facebook and
MySpace have a similar address book import functionality which does not
generate so much spam invites...

Navneet

On 9/4/07, Ian Fenn <ian at chopstixmedia.com> wrote:

> If blog postings are to be believed, the service concerned doesn't
> actually
> request permission, i.e. The user concerned didn't knowingly invite
> anyone.
>
> So, please don't be too hard on them...
>
> All the best,
>
>
>

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4 Sep 2007 - 9:45am
Dave Malouf
2005

A lot of people sent me messages offline confirming the following.

1. Quechup does not ask for permission to send email to people from
the contacts you import. Bryan (our guilty party) had no idea that any
messages were going to be sent.

2. At least one other service out there called Shelfari does something similar

Our less from all of this:
1. Please be aware that Gmail and some other services will add any
address you reply-to or write directly to to your contact list. My
contact list is like at 2500 and I don't know all of them. Well many
of them are you folks. ;-)

2. Doing blanket imports of your contact list is a dangerous act and
you should check with the service provider about explicitly they are
going to do with those addresses. You may have no rights to them at
all after upload and thus you are supplying a mean, bad, old spammer.

I would like to add that your contact list is YOUR responsibility. I
think accountability for the data you own is a reasonable request.
Saying that Quechup or similar services are to blame is to give up
that accountability. We live in an age where bad people take advantage
of good people in the interest of making money. We are all
technologists and are informed and aware of the technological universe
we live in. Thus, as I said in my original message, the persons who
have their email addresses uploaded to a service that sends out
invites are in the end responsible for the sending as much as the
service is.

Please be wary of such services and be aware of the contents of your
contact list.

-- dave

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