[quote=“CraigTPE”]I understand the power of the social networking sites for commercial purposes, and everyone has different priorities and purposes for their online activities, but for me, there is no benefit to having my contact list intertwined with the contact lists of everyone I know, and everyone they know and everyone THEY know, and so on. People have different social groups that have nothing in common with each other and connecting them doesn’t make sense for me, and there have been many stories about how it has landed people into hot water.
Rapportive sounds useful, though, for people who do share their contact lists.[/quote]
You’ve misunderstood completely. Rapportive doesn’t share/intertwine contact lists, and it doesn’t disclose the contacts of your contacts. The information about you that is viewable on Rapportive depends on your online presence - it doesn’t require any participation in Rapportive at all.
Rapportive is about knowing who you’re talking to. Obviously, for some people, this isn’t necessary. They’ve got twenty people with whom they correspond and they can easily stay caught up. For me, I have ALL of my e-mail accounts stream into one gmail account, and I get A LOT of e-mails every day. Every single person that registers on Forumosa, for instance, goes through me first. Rapportive gives me a quick snapshot of who that person is on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Flickr - whatever accounts they have associated with the e-mail address they’re using. It also let’s me add my own notes about the user - “Don’t call this woman before noon ever”, or “Don’t mention the war”.
So, if you want to be anonymous on the net and off of Rapportive’s radar, don’t use the e-mail you use for correspondence to register for any accounts. Use it only for correspondence.
On the other hand, if you’re engaged online, through business, social networking, goofing around, whatever, then you should know that others can now find out a lot about your online presence without even looking it up. They just have to glance to the right of the screen, where the ads used to be, and find the relevant information.