February 26, 2004

Plaxo - The Synchronized Address Book

After a prompt from John McDowall, I have tried out the Plaxo tools for keeping my contacts list up to date, and it definitely scratches an itch for me! When I counted up, I had 4 different mail programs over 3 different machines, and all of them had a slightly different set of address book entries. With Plaxo, I now have a single consolidated list, automatically synced across all the machines, and which will automatically be updated when any other members of the Plaxo network amends their details.

The question about the business model behind these "online networks" (of which Plaxo is one example) is being raised again as they are starting to gain more interest and momentum now. I wonder how long it will be before I have to start putting a price on the utility of this service to me if Plaxo ever start charging for the service. However, I wondered the same thing back in November 2002, so maybe it won't happen.

Personally, I haven't rushed into the other online "social networks" such as Orkut / Friendster / LinkedIn yet because I'm not looking for a date, I'm not looking for a job, and I don't need to answer the "6 degrees of seperation" question too often at the moment - hence no immediate itch to scratch. However, I will be watching with interest the experiences of John, Becky and other.

The other thing I really want is some way to auto-synchronized my favourites / bookmark lists across these machines too. That's defintely an itch needing scratching!

Entry categories: Social Networks
Posted by Jorgen Thelin at February 26, 2004 09:00 AM - [PermaLink]
Hi Jorgen! You wouldn't know how familiar you've become to me since I read your blog almost daily. Two further notes on my trackback: 1) sorry it posted twice; it looks like a bug in MT -I just previewed it before saving and it pinged for the preview too. 2) hey, how's this of tracking back in different languages?!; I hope it's not a problem for you, or else let me know. See you 'round. Posted by: Ignacio Nicolás Rodríguez on February 29, 2004 08:03 AM