Nov 29 2007

YASN, or how to overload the SMTP servers

Over the past couple of days there is an increased flow of traffic to my Inbox all fairly identical mails from people that I`m connected to on LinkedIn that somehow are being invited by their friends to also start using Plaxo.
I`m wondering if people don't realise they are resending their whole LinkedIn addressbook an invitation or if they do it on purpose. I`m still looking for the great new feature that Plaxo has that urges me to switch to it or even consider using it actively.
I haven't found it .. so please explain me why you are using plaxo

A couple of weeks ago I started this poll on my blog so people could vote on their social network site.
Guess what the conclusion was.. the majority of my readers favours LinkedIn, some like Facebook and only some individuals like Plaxo or Xing

Yes I create accounts on most new YASN (Yet Another Social Network) thingies, but merely as a form of Online Identity Protection. (It's pretty easy to find a new YASN and create an account there that you shouldn't be creating)

Now I`m all in favour of redundancy and high availability. But I frequently just export my LinkedIn connections to my local desktop and that gives me a nice backup.

So is this going to be the new trend ? I launch a new YASN and suddenly I create an avalanche of mails that will be send to other people. Geez.. this looks like a virus in LookOut
But how long wil our email system live if more and more people start using these tools and more and more new sites implement the feature. ? When will Inbox protection tools start with default filtersets for a list of Social Networks ?
Wil social networks start to figure out ways to evade Inbox protection tools ?

Maybe we just need to add some more meta information in our DNS servers. :)

Nov 05 2007


So just when last weekend I started asking for a LinkedIn API , then ran into the Facebook API I ignored Google's OpenSocial announement.

And guess what .. the start for the OpenSocial Drupal is already there.. now when will the code show up ? :)

Nov 04 2007

Plaxo , what's the use ?

I just got an invite to connect to an old collegue on Plaxo Pulse

I`ve been ignoring Plaxo for a while now as the only thing it did for me was keeping an online addressbook.
I already have an online addressbook it's called LinkedIn.

Upon accepting the invite Plaxo proposed me to import my contacts from both Facebook (which I don't even actively use) and LinkedIn . Now this is the first time an app proposed me to import my contacts from LinkedIn.. an API was announced but I haven't found it yet.

I browsed around on the new Plaxo Beta but honestly I can't say I found anything interresting on it so it'ss yet another passive social network account for me.

However it made me wonder if there are already drupal frameworks out there that let you use FaceBook or LinkedIn data. And I promptly ran into the Facebook one still pretty young. I couln't find a LinkedIn one yet however .. altough that one would interrest me more

Any takers ? :)

Oct 19 2007

LinkedIn Spam

So some unknown Sean 1800+ mails me .. doesn't know me .... wants to be connected with me , why ? Beats me..

He finishes his email with
"If you would prefer not to accept my request then please simply ignore this message. It would be very much appreciated if you did not click on the “do not know this person” button. Have a great day and thank you for your time. "

Now why would I want to do that ? He just spammed me, via LinkedIn, there is only one sensible thing to do and that is report him as a spammer. What was this guy thinking.. If I send unsollicited mail directly to someone's inbox he'll probably tag it as spam. If I do it via LinkedIn he`ll like it ?

I only link with people that I have communicated with over different media , know in person , have spoken with on the phone ( a head hunter that calls me doesn't count), worked with in real life or have worked with online intensively in different open source projects.. there are couple of exceptions in my connections from my early days when I didn't have my own set of rules yet.

I have a couple of people on hold .. knowing that I will meet them in the next couple of months.. , these are the kind of people I won't
click "Don't know" on.. mostly because I do know them, by reputation by referral but not in person yet.

Once in a while there is this person that you want to meet up with, get to know better, you are doing similar stuff and you planned to meet but just missed each other by 5 minutes.. difficult ..

LinkedIn is my personal addressbook , it helps me to keep track of people email addresses, it helps me to see where people are moving to and what their new projects are.

But please don't spam me there... it will only hurt yourselve

Sep 25 2007

Groups at LinkedIn

So LinkedIn is repromoting it's groups feature. So what groups should I try to create ?
* A couple of Alumni groups for companies/holdings I worked for ?
* A couple of Conference groups ? (Fosdem/LinuxTag/UKUUG ?)
Or should I just wait till someone else does that for me ? I`m lazy right ? :)