Let's have a look.
Subject: Dipl. Detlef Käding added you as a connection on Pulse
Date: December 10, 2007 2:51:11 PM GMT+00:00
To: [my email]
Dipl. Detlef Käding wants to add you as a connection on Plaxo Pulse.
To accept this connection request, go to:
The Plaxo team
It's the first networking tool to span business and personal life.
Your family, friends, and business connections are using lots of different sites to find and share content. Some are writing blogs. Others write restaurant and product reviews. And many are uploading photos and videos. Until now, finding that stuff has been really hard - and staying on top of it, even harder. Let Pulse bring it to you - automatically - in your own personal stream of news.
Don't want to receive emails from Plaxo any more? Opt out:
1. I don't know anyone called Detlef Käding.
2. I have never subscribed or even been to pulse.com.
3. I absolutely don't want to join one damn more failure of social networking site that someone that I have never heard of in my life invites me to.
4. The biggest failure of them all: considering the above, you are offering me an opt-out for your spam site? I never opted in, so I should not have to opt out. Quit flooding my inbox.
Let's have a look.
Plaxo Pulse Random Connections - I'm not the only one ...
Does Plaxo flood your inbox with connection requests? - definitely not the only one... and there are a huge number of others out there. I think I'm happy enough to forward every single pulse or plaxo (by the way, does plaxo come from the word plague?) to my isp spamfilter. And possibly remove the people that I would know sending me that spam from my professional networks in the other services that I already use.
A comment from Tom's blog (above) probably sums it better than a good googling around:
In a previous iteration, Plaxo was notorious for spamming the contacts you had listed on it to get them to sign up for Plaxo service - after many complaints the publicly renounced this policy and promised to be on their best behaviour.
Dear Real Life friends and business contacts, in case you want to ever add me, let's make a deal? Keep it in linkedin. That said, if I don't know who you are and you make no effort in introducing yourself to me, I will click the "I have no clue who this person is" button.