Monday, September 17, 2007

Yahoo Mail Beta spamming all my contacts?!?!

While trying out the Yahoo Mail Beta (in combination with the new Yahoo Mash Beta), I imported my address book from GMail into Yahoo Mail today - and was HORRIFIED when Yahoo proclaimed that it was now going to spam all my contacts and tell them about my "new" Yahoo e-mail address.

What on earth do they think they are doing? The system never asked me for permission to notify my contacts!!! And why would it do such a thing in the first place, when all I wanted to do was import my address book?!

If you got a message from Yahoo today that asks you to update your address book because I switched e-mail addresses from gmail.com to yahoo.com - please accept my sincerest apologies and ignore that message!

7 comments:

D. Himes said...

whoops--should have read your blog this morning first... I thought it might have something to do with fear of being "spoogled.":)

Anonymous said...

thats pretty sad. makes one want to avoid yahoo for such behavior.

Robin Smith said...

Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Nigel Cheshire said...

This is reminiscent of the Quechup scandal that a few folks have been complaining about recently. Seems like some of these companies are overstepping the mark when it comes to making our lives "easier".

Max Bleyleben said...

Hi Alex - this is becoming a common occurrence as web services compete aggressively in the market. The exact same thing happened to me on Facebook recently, see my blog post here: http://maxbley.typepad.com/maxs_blog/2007/08/facebooked.html. Very very annoying!

Best, Max

Anonymous said...

Yahoo is the #1 email service in the world (240 million users can't be wrong). You were prompted for this service. Sorry you had a bad experience, but there is clearly a check box for this action.

Check out Walter Mossberg WSJ article for his thoughts on the new Yahoo mail:
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB118842954470812791.html

terminals-blocks said...

thats pretty sad. makes one want to avoid yahoo for such behavior.