Reviews of the App on Facebook

Posted By Debbie on May 9, 2011 in Business, Marketing, Social Media

Some guys from emailed me last night to tell me my last blog post got it all wrong. Mostly, they wanted to make sure I knew that they haven’t sold anybody’s info. My take on that is of course you haven’t. You’re still building up the database. I felt their email lacked some reassurance that I was not in their database (considering all my friends who allowed their app, which then spiders me), I would not be contacted, I would not be called, and I’d never be sold, shared, or rented. They didn’t mention that at all in their reply to me. Oh well. Not reassuring.

I decided to dig a little bit more. I put into Google, and was surprised that there were some predictive searches for “ reviews” and “ spam.” Looks like lots of people are digging! I went to their Facebook App page to read reviews, of which they were only 47.

Here are some screen shots from people, with their identities hidden, though if you go to the reviews page, they are plainly there.

A woman I don’t know posted to a closed Facebook group I belong to with, “I cannot figure out how to remove myself. Other people recommended me…I have no idea how this was accomplished, since I never granted permmission for Stik to use my infomation… ??” So she’s in Stik’s system, yet never opted in. I find this unsettling and not OK.

I was so worried about their privacy policy, and how they might be tapping into the Facebook graph to put me in a database that they might someday sell. It looks like there are other problems as well. Posting to friends’ wall? Posting an ad for itself weeks after someone last visited the app? Turning your friends SO off with the wall spam that they unfriend/hide you? I can see how that might mess up someone’s marketing campaign if a flurry of people unfriend/hide him just before he is launching something new.

I think is going about this all wrong. If this is simply a database of professionals, as they claim, then it has to be built like LinkedIn or LinkedIn’s smaller competitor, People have to add themselves. Don’t add me because some Facebook friend clicked “allow” on something I didn’t agree to. There are people who use fake names, fake jobs, and fake colleges on Facebook just for fun. So if Stik is spidering all that, it’s going to be a database with lots of junk. Compared that to LinkedIn, which I’d imagine to have relatively few fake people or fake jobs or fake colleges. I have friends who put on Facebook that they graduated from the “School of Hard Knocks.” Not too sure how many people are putting that in their LinkedIn.

If Stik’s privacy policy is true to how it is written, then while they may not be doing anything unsavoury today, I think we need to be careful of what we give them access to. Do you want them to be able to post on your wall any time? Do you want them to grab all of your Facebook friends’ personal info? Do you want to be contacted by third parties?

And if this is a great, searchable, open database of professionals, why can’t I search it without giving them ALL that Facebook access? Go to Put your name in the search. You won’t even get search results without “logging in with Facebook,” which is where you agree to give them lots of info about yourself PLUS access to your friends.

I still don’t see how a system claiming to be a database of trusted professionals needs to know my friends’ likes and hobbies that they put into Facebook. I don’t see why people who didn’t opt in should be spidered, and dumped into this system. I don’t trust this, but that’s my opinion. Look into it, and form your own opinion.

Edit: Check out other posts on this topic at our Stik tag.

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