Get out of Plaxo free – how to delete your Plaxo account

May 15, 2008

Get out of Plaxo free
Buh bye, Plaxo!

I’ve been a little hesitant about Plaxo from the beginning — I’m a little shy about where I share my information (let alone the information of everybody in my address book), but it looked reasonably trustworthy, and — if it caught on — it could be a good way to be sure I kept my address book in sync with everybody’s changing information.

It worked okay for that at first, despite some problems with their OS X sync program (it would occasionally go nuts and eat up a bunch of CPU).

A couple of days ago, however, I started getting “spam” contact requests from Plaxo — unsolicited requests from people I’ve never heard of wanting me to “friend them up” on Plaxo. Ummm. No thanks — this isn’t my Twitter account, it’s my primary contact info.

The last straw was yesterday — Plaxo was acquired by Comcast. The way Comcast has been thumbing its nose lately at “net neutrality”, the last thing I wanted to do was give them an invitation to do a “deep packet inspection” on the details of everybody in my address book.

The problem, as usual, was finding a link to actually delete my record. Fortunately Twitter came through again, and provided this link, complements of @leolaporte. Thanks Leo!

If you click that link, you’ll be taken to a page to permanently delete your Plaxo account — today anyway. There’s every possibility this address will change, so if you’re looking at this a month from now, there’s no guarantees.

In the meantime, however, if you are looking for a way to get out of Plaxo, here’s your chance.

Hiding from Google

November 15, 2005

If you’re getting a little nervous about just how much information the big G is keeping on you, and would rather stay under the radar of the new Google Analytics engine, here’s a simple six step plan for how to install the Adblock extension in Firefox, and use it to keep Google’s new site statistics engine from following you.

Of course so far, it doesn’t look like there’s much danger of that anyway — 30+ hours and I’m still seeing no statistics yet, which is a bit over the 12 hours they told us we’d have to wait… At this rate we may all die of old age before Google has a comprehensive picture of us in its database…

Types of Pages – User’s View

January 11, 2005

A typical well-designed small business web site will tend to have pages falling into a handful of categories, each with its own particular function. There are of course two fairly different views of this, the “user oriented view” and the “search engine oriented view”. 
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