Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Matt chooses Groupcal; limits of Plaxo

Matthew Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, has also been looking for calendar interoperability. He settled on Groupcal. Groupcal won't do it for me because it requires an Exchange server. I want Exchange-free synching between Outlook and iCal. Plaxo got mentioned too in his comments. But Plaxo apparently only syncs Outlook client to Outlook client. While that may eliminate the need to have Exchange to share Outlook calendars, I didn't like Plaxo's privacy policies when I looked at them a while back; I recall getting spammed by Plaxo when I responded to someone's request to update my contact info in their Plaxo account.

3 comments:

Stacy Martin said...

Hi Scott - I'm the Privacy Officer here at Plaxo. Can you tell me what you didn't like about our privacy policies? Perhaps I can give you a better perspective on our practices. As for the spam though, I'm sorry that you received spam, but I can assure you that it was not the result of Plaxo. Plaxo does not, nor have we ever supported the activities of spammers. For more information on our Privacy Practices, please see:

http://www.plaxo.com/privacy/policy

Stacy Martin
Plaxo Privacy Officer
privacy @t plaxo.com

Dan said...

Scott,
Just a quick thought on Plaxo. I just started using it and they have a beta plug in for Addressbook which is pretty great. Although that has nothing to do with calendars it's a step in the right direction.

Scott said...

Stacy,

Is the "permanent opt-out" option more recent than my posting? If so, then Plaxo has rectified my main concern. If I had overlooked this option at the time I wrote this post, my apologies.