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SeVen ™
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#1 Posted on 1.11.04 1810.07
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OK I have gotten at least 5 different invites to join the friends network. I figured it was some corporate version of Friendster, I went ahead and accepted a invite and went to register. After entering my name and choosing a password I innocently clicked next. The damn thing asked for my Hotmail password! I was stunned so I thought it meant the password I used to join Hi5 but actually wanted my Hotmail password. I said screw this and I exited. Then I searched for any connection to Hotmail ergo Microsoft but nothing. So I accepted another invite, this time with my rarely used Yahoo email account. Same thing, it demanded my Yahoo email password in order to "connect with your friends". That is bullshit. I even tried to use a fake password but it wouldn't accept it. What kind of 3rd party service needs your damn email account password. Unless it is something on MSN, no one is getting my password. Does anyone use this? What is the motivation or incentive? And why are so many of my online friends complete boneheads?

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#2 Posted on 1.11.04 1837.22
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What they may do is login to your account, and email your friends from it. Were the invites you received from your friends' email accounts?

You could always create a test webmail account to see what happens.
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#3 Posted on 1.11.04 1903.41
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That sounds about right. Still I think it is reckless to open yourself up like that. There has to be a better way. Besides just because a person is in my address book, doesn't make them my friend. Too bad Hi5 doesn't understand that.
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#4 Posted on 4.11.04 0331.33
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I just use my ISP's email address. They dont ask me for that password at all.
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#5 Posted on 4.11.04 1055.41
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Yeah, Hi5 has been making the rounds on my friends emails for a while now. I'm not as sensitive to security as I probably should be, so I signed up, and yeah they just open up your contact list so you can choose who to send invites to. The service itself is pretty useless though, unless you want to leave bawdy testimonials on your friends' profiles.
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#6 Posted on 5.11.04 0411.25
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I really hope this doesn't take off and become common place in the future. The potential for fuckery is too great. But I am sure people are going to get screwed in some way over this.
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