I’ve been using Plaxo for several years now. Plaxo’s main advantage over any over solution has always been that it will automatically keep my address book up to date whenever people change their own data. We use Outlook at work, so to be able to keep my address book current was fantastic.
Today I realized that my sync from Outlook did not seem to do anything. Then I saw people tweeting that Plaxo will start charging for the Outlook sync feature. A quick look at my sync options confirmed this:
They didn’t even offer to export your contacts. I used the trial upgrade to premium, but even that did not offer an export function.
I don’t need another silo. I’m done with Plaxo, and I cancelled my account today. Looking at Twitter, I’m not the only one…
I thought everything that ought to be said about the Scobleizer beeing kicked off Facebook had already been said, but you can always count on Thomas to go the extra mile.
Thomas looks at the issue through the eyes of a data privacy expert (is that thesis EVER going to be finished???), and I won’t even try to start quoting from the article, as I’d almost certainly leave out something important.
So what are you waiting for – stop reading my crap and head over to the article!
Also, Dennis has two posts on the topic – well worth a read. This might be bigger than all us Web2.0 afficionados thought.
On a related note, Thomas is going to leave SAP for Gartner, and he’ll be leaving behind some big boots to fill. With Jeff leaving last year, we have now lost two of SAP’s great voices in the blogosphere, which is a crying shame. I just hope we’ll be able to get enough new colleagues to start blogging (or twittering, for that matter) to fill that void.
Best of luck to you, Thomas, and stay connected!