Breaking the Social Contract: My Data is not Your Data

, Jan 7, 2008

Dare Obasanjo:

This is likely my last post in Robert Scoble vs. Facebook saga but I think there are some subtle points being lost because of the typical blog feeding frenzy where people either choose to flame Facebook, Scoble or both. […] There is a key difference between Robert taking my personal information I shared with him on Facebook and importing into Outlook versus importing it into Plaxo Pulse. In the former case, Robert is taking data I shared with him and viewing it in a different application. In the latter case, Robert is additionally sharing my personal details with a corporate entity; Plaxo, Inc. This is an entity that is synonymous with spam and at the time of writing this post there 209,000 hits returned for a search for “Plaxo Spam” on the Google search engine. This is the key difference between Robert importing my personal details into Outlook and importing it into Plaxo Pulse.