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Re: [newtech-1] Address book APIs

From: Steve
Sent on: Monday, September 3, 2007 7:11 PM
A friend of mine recommended this solution to me: http://www.octazen.com.

Has anyone had experiences with these guys?
Thanks,
Steve

On 9/2/07, Dean Collins <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi Jason,

Yep Plaxo does store your email addresses in an online database.

 

Regards,

Dean Collins
Cognation Pty Ltd
[address removed]
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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Jason Reposa
Sent: Sunday, 2 September 2007 10:04 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Address book APIs

 

Steve,

As far as I understand it, Plaxo is just an API. It doesn't store email addresses or passwords. And yes, it can be used to invite friends to a community. That's exactly how we are rolling it out for I site we just launched http://www.statravel193.com

I believe it's all done though JavaScript, so it's not much use for the original poster of this thread. Although using AJAX I bet something could be hacked to make it appear transparent. The only downside to using Plaxo is the branding and marketing. I just tried the demo, and after I select a few users from my address book it displays a message to sign up for a "Plaxo Universal Address Book (Optional)". It's a super simple widget to integrate into your website, but they'll market to your users in return.

So... it's not right for everyone. But I sure don't want to create my own and be responsible for maintaining it.

Plaxo Demo:
http://www.plaxo.com/api/widget_demo

Jason

http://www.stickynodes.com - Make yours Sticky!

On 8/31/07, Steve <[address removed]> wrote:

Yaakov,
Can the plaxo widget be used for an "invite friends to my community" feature?  It looks like Plaxo keeps the data in which case it's pretty useless for what it seems Hank wants (like Facebook and Linkedin).  We're planning to build a custom app for such a feature, but if plaxo allows companies to send invites after address book imports this would be a perfect solution.  Please clarify. 
Thanks,
Steve

On 8/30/07, Yaakov Sash < [address removed]> wrote:

Plaxo has an Address Book widget that does exactly this (it can be
integrated into your site with a little bit of JavaScript). It has imports
for Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL, Thunderbird.

See the full details at http://www.plaxo.com/api

I've personally used the widget before on a site and have been very
satisfied with the usability and stability of the widget.

The only downside is that they get to "market" their Plaxo brand & services,
but that's a small price to pay for a widget of this functionality.

Regards,

Yaakov Sash
www.jkn.com -- annotate the web

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From: "Hank" < [address removed]>
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Sent: Thursday, August 30,[masked]:27 AM
Subject: [newtech-1] Address book APIs


>I am writing an application where it would be very helpful to allow
> users to import their address books from other web applications.
> Platforms like linkedIn and Facebook do this and I am wondering if
> there are any tools out there designed to make this easier, or if
> anyone knows what the techniques people are using for this.
>
> Hank
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