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Should you be allowed to use software like Plaxo Pulse to get the name, email and birthday of Your Friends on social networks?

VentureBeat 2008/01/03 18:10:04
Yes, they are my friends!
No, Terms of Service trumps!
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Robert Scoble published in his blog about how he got banned on Facebook on January 3 while testing the script for Plaxo Pulse. Read Scobleizer.com, What I was using to hit Facebook for the entire story.

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  • Fef 2008/01/03 18:41:18
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    Fef
    +10
    Facebook tries to protect the email address of your friends for several reasons, and FB has the right to do so. The application used optical character recognition (OCR) to scan the page and translate the text in the picture into digital text. FB does not share this information with apps.

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  • Popanator 2010/11/09 09:25:31
  • ga~nome 2010/11/09 06:40:36
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    ga~nome
    That software puts a new defintion to "intuitive people" doesn't it.
  • Redskin 2010/11/09 01:35:27
    Undecided
    Redskin
    Don't know
  • HiYa 2010/11/08 18:20:54
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    HiYa
    If they are your "friends," why can't you just ask them. The word "friends," on FB is used to generally. What real reason would you have for needing those things? Identity theftfriends friends fb generally real reason
  • Alex Oger 2010/11/08 18:06:12
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    Alex Oger
    no
  • Cal ~ Pegleg4570 ~ 2010/11/08 13:44:26
    Yes, they are my friends!
    Cal ~ Pegleg4570 ~
    They publish the information to Plaxo not you.
  • oldlady 2010/11/08 12:18:50
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    oldlady
    Crossing personal space. Alot of your info is already out there because medical, legal, buisness, you name it have put it out there already. The government will never crack down on this, they can keep better track of it's citizens. This is no different than all the cameras you see set up everywhere. This is a part of "big brother" (read Brave New World revisited by: Alex Huxley).
  • Archer ~ The Limit Break of... 2010/11/08 12:06:49
    Undecided
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    I'm not even sure if this violates ToS or not. All it does is what this person could do manually, right? Or was it getting email addresses of more than just those who have it displayed? If it was getting 'hidden' email addresses, then yes, it was right to ban him.
  • Sheila 2010/11/08 09:58:41
    Undecided
    Sheila
    +1
    I'm unsure of why this is a problem. If people post their email and b-day, they have already put their information out there. Help me to understand what I'm missing.
  • Archer ... Sheila 2010/11/08 12:02:30 (edited)
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    Ahhh... sorry. Nevermind my previous post. It's collecting it for a database. I'm not sure if it really does violate ToS for facebook, though. So long as he's only doing it with his own friends, and it's not keeping that collection of names and addresses indefinitely....
  • Arty 2010/11/08 07:57:14
    Undecided
    Arty
    duh what is it
  • LesWaggoner BN 1 2010/11/08 06:34:42
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    +1
    It's called invasion of privacy.

    If you tried that on my account you would find yourself facing criminal charges.
  • liemtenshi 2008/12/27 23:47:31
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    liemtenshi
    Personal information are not good to be go around on internet. Especially if it' s someone elses' information and not yourself.
    You should have permission from your friends to do so.
  • shreweddude 2008/07/01 19:39:39
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    shreweddude
    adds
  • jedaichoi 2008/06/27 05:22:48
    Yes, they are my friends!
    jedaichoi
    rrr
  • Adi 2008/06/25 19:14:47
    Yes, they are my friends!
    Adi
    Its my data. The only thing they are preventing me from doing, is integrating more quickly into another website of my choice. But sooner or later, I will.
  • mikeddddd 2008/04/08 19:45:00
    Yes, they are my friends!
    mikeddddd
    this is why i think it.
  • The Reeses Cup 2008/01/06 18:17:38
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    The Reeses Cup
    If they don't want you to know those things, then you're screwed. Why don't you just ASK them instead of TAKING??

    Respect people's privacy!
  • Celeste-o-bot 9000 2008/01/04 23:50:23
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    Celeste-o-bot 9000
    No way. If I want someone to know that information, I will be the one to give it to them. Otherwise, it's none of your business. Spammers AND Hackers could very easily get this stuff and screw you over. Far too much potential to be abused.
  • Grace W. Bush 2008/01/04 23:45:19
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    Grace W. Bush
    In my book, anything is accepted to protect me from spammers!
  • mr.silencewolf 2008/01/04 12:18:22
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    mr.silencewolf
    +1
    u do it, then spammers can do it.
  • VentureBeat 2008/01/04 00:20:09
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    +6
    i just think that theres too much potential for this to be abused!
  • Jamesy818 [Raccoon VP] 2008/01/04 00:18:59
    Yes, they are my friends!
    Jamesy818 [Raccoon VP]
    +3
    I think friends should be allowed, but it is obviously going to be used for spamming purposes, especially now that facebook is open to everyone.
  • rooffire 2008/01/03 22:37:53
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    rooffire
    +3
    TOS for a reason.
  • Fef 2008/01/03 18:41:18
    No, Terms of Service trumps!
    Fef
    +10
    Facebook tries to protect the email address of your friends for several reasons, and FB has the right to do so. The application used optical character recognition (OCR) to scan the page and translate the text in the picture into digital text. FB does not share this information with apps.
  • SparkleyPie 2008/01/03 18:22:27
    Undecided
    SparkleyPie
    +4
    I don't see a problem with exporting your friends' birthdays and email addresses. What I do see a problem with is the potential to use or tweak the program to get personal information from people who aren't your friends.
  • Michael 2008/01/03 18:21:27
    Yes, they are my friends!
    Michael
    +4
    If I can import my friends to Facebook then I should be able to export them!

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