27: Guard that address book!

This week, David and Paul discuss social networks that steal address book entries in order to recruit new members. Paul was a recent victim of Quechup, an apparently legitimate social networking service that’s outraged many people by apparently hacking their address books. Dave and Paul agree that you should be careful with who gets access to your contact files.

In a wide-ranging discussion, they also talk about how social networks are binding together technology journalists. An online network for ex-CMPers is quite active, indicating that old contacts are still strong. A lesson for PR practitioners: don’t burn bridges because people stay in touch with each other.

The sudden demise of The New York Times’ Times Select service is also fodder for discussion. Dave thinks it’s crazy to try to charge for content and that publishers should focus on building traffic. Paul thinks paid-membership models aren’t an altogether bad idea.

Download the podcast here. (14:08)


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