So today, inspired by a business client, I decided to sign up for the free Plaxo
service as a means of updating my electonic "little black book." I've received requests from 1/2 dozen folks before on this and thought it was a great idea.
It was really easy and fab because within a couple of hours, my address book went from "98% Out of Date" to "72% Out of Date" because so many people (I think it's like 70 or 80) had responded to the auto email asking them to update.
However, there has been some flak back at me, some just surprising, some irkful:
- Within 1/2 hour of sending, got a call from this guy, whose name I recognized (but coud not place, except I knew he was local). He wanted to know how I knew him b/c he was suspicious. I thought it was weird because the message I sent out was personlized with my name and so on, it says I live in Atlanta... and then when I explained I live in Downtown, do the neighborhood association, work at Tech, am a web designer, he didn't react at all, like he was still afraid of me. I told him I couldn't remember exactly how I had his email but that I was sure I had been in contact with him. I promised to look it up and check. Well, I did check and the guy works at Centennial Olympic Park. What was up with him NOT interrupting me and saying "Oh, so I must know you through the neighborhood." I wonder if the guy just experienced identity theft or something.
- Another business client (who works for same one was person who inspired me to do Plaxo) saying "I don't trust this."
- The ex-husband of a friend emailed me shocked I'd written him b/c he assumed Caleb and I hated him and didn't want anything to do with him. He also said he didn't want anything to do with our friend. Happily I explained that in fact I had nothing against him and had serious issues with his ex-wife. Now we have exchanged a couple emails and he wants to read my book. Go figure!
- Just received a hostile email from another business client complaining about the privacy statement on the site, saying he thinks he's going to get tons of spam now. In my opinion, he has interpreted it incorrectly, since they have written it for members and not simply people who respond to requests. Hope he doesn't start flaming me.
Aaargh. I will say, I am still glad I did it. My attitude is, don't want to participate, ignore me.
P.S. Some of you got a request. One note is that you only need provide what information YOU want me to have. If you only want me to have your email, that is FINE. But there were so many people on the list I actually know but don't have an address for, it was scary. Like w/o email, how would I reach them ever?