Sarah Dopp writes:
"There’s a yucky yucky trend going on in social media right now: Asking for Address Books. This is evil. Do you hear me? EVIL!
BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD!
KNOCK IT OFF! PLEASE! JUST QUIT IT!
— step back. What am I talking about. I’m talking about when you go to
LinkedIn or Facebook or MySpace (or pretty much ANY of them now), and
the website smiles all cutesy at you and says, “Oh, hey, I’m really
glad you like our website. You know, there are probably people on here
that you’ve never thought to search for, and it’s a real shame that
they’re not in your network yet. But if you just give us the username
and password to your Gmail account, we can check all of your friends’
email addresses against our database and find all of them for you. It’s
quick, it’s easy, and your friends will thank you!”
Sounds harmless enough, right?
Don’t give it to them!
don’t care how much you like them, or how safe they tell you they’ll
keep it for you, or how much convenience they’re offering you. Your address book is your address book and it does NOT belong in the hands of a social networking website."