Plaxo Pulse

Plaxo has launched a new service: Plaxo Pulse.

If you have already heard of Plaxo it is probably because of their free plug-in for MS Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird. This tool is a good way to keep up-to-date with the contact details of the people from your address book who are also member of Plaxo. And to let them automatically know when one or more of your contact details change.

But now Plaxo also steps into the field of online networking with Plaxo Pulse. It is still in Beta, but it is clear what they want to offer: another online platform like Facebook, LinkedIn, Ecademy, Xing and others.

The functionality that is offered today is what they were already doing (but few people knowing or using it): online access to your address book, calendar, tasks and notes from MS Outlook. Very handy if you don’t have your own computer with you, but have access to the Internet.

The differences is that they improved the user interface and added some new functionality: profile, groups, connections and the possibility to share blogs, YouTube videos and other tools/websites. However this functionality is still very limited.

My opinion at this moment in time: Plaxo has a huge potential because of its large user base, but needs to add some more functionality (especially in profiles and groups) before it becomes a real player in the social networking world.

Have a great networking day !



5 Responses to Plaxo Pulse

  1. Tom says:

    To be honest, I installed plaxo a couple of months ago and I just uninstalled it. Too few people use it and here are too much negatives too it. Some people who I had all details from, those details were changed incorrectly when I synced with Plaxo. Other contacts I had were duplicaed! Overall, for me it wasn’t worth it and I can better network wihout Plaxo.

  2. I have been using Plaxo for several years and naturally migrated into Plaxo Pulse when it began. Personally, I have not yet found a good use for Plaxo Pulse. I have simply accepted all the connection requests and some of the group invitations. Most of the connection requests are already connected with me on LinkedIn and the groups that I did not join seemed merely too, too, social for me. With all these social networks emerging, the one question I continually ask but have not received a good answer to is this “why do we need to connect and network with connections in more than one group?” Isn’t it enough to network within one group and use new groups to expand your network by meeting and connecting with new people? What say you?

    Carol Deckert, Networking Coach
    Referrals Unlimited Network

  3. Tom,

    you are right, sometimes Plaxo works against you. But most of the time it is because of the (other) people using it than that the software creates problems.

    When someone deletes for example a phone number from his/her Plaxo profile it is also removed from this person’s V-card in your Outlook. And that’s not very handy. Luckily these are the exceptions. For me it has worked far more beneficially than otherwise.

    Have a great networking day !


  4. Carol,

    a good remark.

    Unfortunately not everybody is on all the different networks and people have their preferences regarding specific online business networks. Some like the “atmosphere” better on one platform, other people prefer a user-friendly user interface.

    At this moment in time we are still in the expansion phase (= new online business networks keep emerging), but there will be a “convergence phase” in a few years where many networks will merge or disappear.

    To your success !


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