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Spoke is yet another "social network", but by sucking in data from e-mail programs like Outlook, Eudora, etc., as well as public web info you may find yourself listed even if you aren't a member. Search results are influenced by the user's own network of contacts.
Imagine bill collectors calling the people in your network to get you to pay your bills or an angry customer or former employee talking to the people in your network.
The worst part is that all this data is being collected about people without their consent. I can imagine new laws coming down to put an end to that.
Even paranoids have real privacy concerns. ;)
Anyone know if there is legal recourse? I know that the government isn't allowed to collect information about people for no particular reason but what about companies and individuals? Can they legally collect information about you?
They don't have to, fill in enough of those newletter sign-ups (particularly with large companies which routinely buy/sell your data to other large companies) and they'll be able to assemble a handy profile.
How would they do that if I use a throwaway email address?
On the other hand, if someone on Friendster lists me as being in their network without my consent, anyone who can see that network will know who my friends, family, and business associates are *without my consent*. That's jacked.
The current database seems a bit spotty. I found multiple listings for PubCon speakers like Matt Cutts, Dan Boberg, etc. Ex-CEO and author Jack Welch was in, too, but some other business names weren't. I wasn't. :)
While I'm being totally tangential Valentine's Day date night took in "50 First Dates". It's Sandler's best in a long time and Drew Barrymore.....well, it would be a lucky man to wake up to her smiling face every morning. She has the comedic touch to pull off this role without turning it into something debasing a real disability. The movie is sweet and funny and has a few belly laughs to boot. If you need a little stress relief it's a pretty good date flick.
Okay. Tangent over. Back to planet Ork.