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September 4, 2007

Rapleaf and Upscoop are the latest spam king and queen

Filed under: disturbing, facebook, friendster, myspace, privacy, rapleaf, spam, upscoop — Russell @ 9:50 pm

Once upon time there was this nice little site called Upscoop, that was pretty interesting. It would scour the e-mail addresses in your gmail/yahoo/etc.. contact list. Then it would show you all the social sites that your contacts belong to. It was pretty fun, and a good way to see what sites people you know are actually using.

This morning my entire gmail contact list was spammed via Rapleaf / Upscoop.

I am sorry to all those people that have e-mailed me via gmail and received this appalling SPAM since I used Upscoop.

This is one reason why we’ve tried our best to make sure that we e-mail people when it is expected. Like if you invite someone to a party, we send an e-mail. We’d never SPAM your guest list. This seems like simple common decency. I wouldn’t want to put this feeling I have on our users.

I understand that Rapleaf and Upscoop are start-ups, but this is just common decency. C-O-M-M-O-N .. D-E-C-E-N-C-Y. They even say on their home page : “It is more profitable to be ethical.” ..um, ha ha?

Ok, not that this was engineering related or anything, but I just had to get that out there.

I would suggest avoiding both of these sites.

Upscoop spamming ..

Update:

Since then rapleaf has issued a formal apology. Should we forgive blatant spammers? Our court systems don’t let people off with apologies, I’m not sure that spamming is one of those forgivable offenses. Here’s the blog post : http://blog.rapleaf.com/2007/09/06/start-ups-privacy-and-being-wrong/

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9 Comments »

  1. That totally SUCKS! Thanks for posting this Eric…

    Comment by Jenny — September 5, 2007 @ 4:31 am

  2. Yeah, it does totally suck! :-( Eric was a victim of me spamming him via upscoop / rapleaf

    Comment by Russell — September 5, 2007 @ 5:19 am

  3. What an unscrupulous company and a horrid act. Thats just plain crazy. Unfortunately Rapleaf’s other business is TrustFuse, a company that sells data to marketers.

    Comment by auroragg — September 6, 2007 @ 12:08 am

  4. Wish I had known about this last night… This is outrageous. Send an angry email to privacy at rapleaf.com, hopefully they will get the message that spamming is wrong.

    Comment by Ben — September 6, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  5. I sent an e-mail to help@upscoop.com and got them to at least unsubscribe my entire contact list, but I imagine they are doing this on purpose for the publicity. I suggested stopping and I got this canned response:

    “We’re working on improving the site and making changes as we speak. We greatly appreciate the feedback and also apologize for any continued inconvenience.”

    Comment by Russell — September 6, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  6. You too, huh?

    Do you think there is any legal recourse? After all, they did extract information from us as part of a bargain where they promised not to spam our contacts or pass the information to their own partners; which turned out to be a lie. Surely there is some way of nailing them legally?

    Nicholas

    Comment by Nicholas Whyte — September 9, 2007 @ 11:54 am

  7. Yep! I don’t know about the legal recourse. They did actually remove the “no spam” section from their help page before they started doing this. Honestly I’d rather not waste anymore of my energy thinking about them, I just hope other people get this information before they get suckered in to spamming their contact lists.

    Comment by Russell — September 9, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

  8. ya true the spamming should be be stop . its a real offense that sometimes people make it consciously.

    Comment by social media consultant — September 22, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  9. rapleaf sucks. they’re misguided and their business practices are obnoxious. upscoop is a product of rapleaf. STAY AWAY FROM BOTH OF THEM.

    rapleaf doesn’t let people opt out.

    rapleaf automatically opts your email address in ANYTIME SOMEONE SEARCHES FOR IT.

    rapleaf steals your personal information from other sites (multiply, flickr, linkedin, etc) and ASSUMES it is okay for them to create a profile of you using it (IT ISN’T).

    rapleaf is doing it WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

    Comment by deese — October 12, 2007 @ 9:42 pm


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