I’m not very happy with Spock today.
I’ve raved about it in other blogs before how great I think it was, even offered Spock invites to my colleagues because I thought it would be useful.
But this morning a colleague came by my desk and told me that Spock has sent invites to his contacts on his behalf. I received one from him too, which I didn’t really understand since I was the one who invited him to Spock. I’m spam-tolerant so I just deleted the invite and didn’t think much of it, but apparently, his contacts were not as forgiving.
I went over to the Spock blog to find out if anyone else was having this problem and found one comment on the problem. The user’s contacts received invites sent on his behalf. Since Spock is relatively new I’m a little more tolerant and was kinda hoping for a response from Spock that went something like “it was a glitch, we’ll fix it.” But apparently, that’s just the way it is. I don’t remember the sign up process anymore, but apparently during the sign up process, Spock will automatically invite all your contacts unless you OPT-OUT of it.
Sorry you overlooked it, was pretty much the response fron the Spock team.
Now I’m wondering if I opted out. Now I’m wondering if my entire address book got invites sent on my behalf.
I understand that Spock isn’t the first to do this. I’m just really irked because I really like Spock and had great expectations for it.
Considering the consequences of spam, I really think that the invite feature should be an opt-in option, not the other way around. I’m sure it’s the same with most people, but my address book contains business contacts as well as personal contacts, as well as people I really don’t talk to anymore for one reason or another.
Now. I don’t send my clients forwarded chain letters or e-mail petitions not to buy gas on a particular day. E-mail has become so formal nowadays that when my client receives something from me via e-mail, it is quite important. It is formal. It’s official.
I like receiving invites to private beta, and yes, even unsolicited ones. But that’s me. Again. High tolerance. I can’t assume the same for everyone else. I know I invite a lot of people to services but I never send unsolicited invites. I will usually do a post with my e-mail on it, asking people to contact me if they would like an invite to something. And then I send. I make people go through the trouble of asking for it because I know that when I invite people, they will get an e-mail with MY NAME on it. And I treat e-mail like it’s golden.
Another irk. When I logged into Spock this morning I found that I had an X amount of “favorites.” I think Spock automatically turned my LinkedIn contacts into my favorites. When I first started using Spock I thought I would use the “favorites” feature as sort of a bookmarking feature. Like “this would be a person of interest later I’ll mark him/her.” Since Spock took the liberty of favoriting people for me, I lost that bookmarking function.
I understand that maybe Spock is trying to automate things but again, that should be an option and shouldn’t be done automatically. I’ve seen people with thousands of LinkedIn contacts. Now if you have thousands of “favorites,” how exactly again are they “favorites?” I’m sure there’s a feature to un-favorite people on Spock, but I add LinkedIn contacts on a regular basis so does that mean after I accept an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, I would then have to go to Spock and un-favorite them?
All that said, I like Spock. I think it’s a great search engine for social media. I just wish it would stop doing things for me.