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  • 1.0 stars

    "Something's "phishy"!"

    March 30, 2005  |   By jeff1224


    I do not have the product installed.


    I received a Plaxo-originated automated request for an update of personal information in the name of an acquaintance. The reply was to be to apparently a Plaxo-controlled Website. I almost deleted it immediately as spam. However, I sent an e-mail to my friend explaining that I was extremely concerned about this request to send my personal data to an unknown URL. If my friend can't take the time to personally send me an e-mail directly to ask for the info, I certainly will not take the time to send that info to Plaxo.

    BTW, since their product if free, how are they paying their staff? Public statements by the company owners say that they've gone thru $10 million dollars already - but I have yet to see any public statements about how they plan to get a return on that investment. If somebody out there knows, please share it with all of us.

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  • Reply by bzenz on July 25, 2005

    Software like Plaxo is financed by investors, individuals in some cases but often time investment firms. The studio or individual developing the application will go out to find financial backing (or supply themselves if they have the means) and then work as hard as they can to develop a viable, powerful, well distributed product with the long-term intent of making a return on their investment by either or licensing their technology, application, or often the entire studio to a retail-sehlf developer. In this case one scenario would be that Microsoft would purchase or license the application, Plaxo, for use with some future version of Outlook or Outlook Express.

    The software business is bigger than people collecting $20 for a shareware application, or relying on cheesy adware-laden applications to make a buck. Plaxo is a different class of software; investor-backed and intended for long term broad-use.

    By the way, I do not use Plaxo, but I am giving it 5 stars to average Jeff1224's 1-star rating (as he did not have the application installed either).

  • Reply by stannyj on June 5, 2005

    I read through this article for more info, it may help you. I'm still a bit leery after getting my first "request" email today.

    You can go to eweek dot com and search for the article titled: "Plaxo Reconsidered" by David Coursey

  • Reply by CGalvan on May 25, 2005

    "how are they paying their staff?"

    Plaxo has several premium products.

    I have seen enough reviews from those who actually research this stuff to go ahead and try what seems to be an excellent service

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