17 Responses to “Freaking Shelfari”

  1. Jane July 20, 2007 at 11:09 AM #

    No kidding. I am making a list of the authors who think that I want to view their shelfari shelf. I don’t. I don’t. I don’t. I’ll read about the books you like on your blog. Or even email me the books you like. Shelfari crap is like spam. Spam is bad.

  2. Michelle July 20, 2007 at 11:16 AM #

    Yep – I’ve received a ton of these too. It’s annoying. :sigh:

  3. Lauren Dane July 20, 2007 at 12:06 PM #

    I don’t even want to say their name when I complain about it and give them another second of advertising. It’s annoying as hell to get 50 of these a day and now the “follow up” emails are starting.

  4. Angie July 20, 2007 at 12:16 PM #

    someone emailed me and said that Shelfari tricks you. You think, when you sign up, that you can opt out of harvesting your address book but you can’t. It’s part of their system. So if you go through the sign up process, they’ve got you. Bastards.

  5. Bev Stephans July 20, 2007 at 1:16 PM #

    I too got snagged. There may be one way to opt out. Shelfari sent me an email to confirm my participation. I just ignored it. Maybe that will work! :chicken:

  6. Jane July 20, 2007 at 1:57 PM #

    I don’t think that’s true. I just went and signed up. You can “unclick” the people in your address book you don’t want to send the invitation to.

  7. Lesley Speller July 20, 2007 at 3:58 PM #

    You can do a mass uncheck too then go back and check just the people you want to invite, but I can see how you might accidentally miss it. So many times I’m in such a hurry when I create an account like that, that I don’t necessarily pay as much attention as I should.

  8. Joely July 20, 2007 at 6:51 PM #

    Oh, Lord, I hope I didn’t screw up when my friend set me up today. I deselected everybody, but I couldn’t get past the screen. The only button was “send invites.” So I clicked only myself–my gmail backup account. Hopefully I didn’t spam anybody!

  9. Mad July 20, 2007 at 8:52 PM #

    Amen! I’ve gotten plenty in the last few days but like you, refuse to even go to the site.

  10. Karen Scott July 21, 2007 at 4:57 AM #

    I’ve gotten lots too, but I just deleted them. I have no interest in visiting the site, never mind joining.

  11. veinglory July 21, 2007 at 4:57 PM #

    I checked, you do have to sign in with your gmail password and push a button marked INVITE to spam everyone you know. I am mildly surprised how many people did this without realising. But IMHO time for a Shelfari boycott for letting it go on.

  12. Minx Malone July 22, 2007 at 10:35 PM #

    I keep hearing about this Shelfari thing (mainly people apologizing for anyone they’ve inadvertently spammed) but I still don’t get why people like it so much. Like you said, I can see people’s books on their website just fine. Anything that basically invades my computer to get email addresses is not something I’m interested in.


  13. Josh July 24, 2007 at 1:07 PM #

    Thanks for all the feedback.

    We in no way designed Shelfari to force people to send invitations to their friends. While we make it convenient, we leave the decision entirely up to our users. There is a clear link to “skip making friends now” on the page where we provide the option of importing your email contacts. Importing email contacts is an optional step.

    We ONLY send invitations to the email addresses which are selected when the user clicks on invite friends.

    Please send us any suggestions to improve this process. The whole point of Shelfari is to share your books with your friends. For this reason we have made this process easy. At the same time, we really do want our product to be clearly understood.

    While a different genre then romance, check out the Harry Potter contest we just launched. We are giving away a signed first edition of the first book in the series.

    Happy Reading,


  14. PAgent August 30, 2007 at 1:12 PM #

    Josh, if you were serious about not offending new members, you could change the sign up process so that A) clicking the “Send Invite” button only sent invites to the contacts on the part of the page that you could SEE, and B) make the default setting for potential contacts UNchecked, rather than checked.

    I really thought you guys had just made a stupid mistake, but after reading this mealy-mouthed and insincere apologia, I’m beginning to think you guys are actually evil.

  15. Sanjukta October 23, 2007 at 3:41 PM #

    “do we like the same books” should have been understood as “do we both like to spam other people’s mailbox”

    As net users we also have a responsibility to be more careful of what sites we ourselves join and what invites we send out to friends…although shelfari is nothing more than a cheap spamming site, blaming them alone is not enough…

    My question..why send invites in the first place..whether bulk or not..I don’t want no body sending me invites…I’ll help myself

    There are other sites which probably didn’t adhere to such tricks as shelfari did, nonetheless I get at least 5-6 such unsolicited invites everyday from various sites.. these are invites my friends, in all their merry, with whole lot of love, consciously chose to send..annoys me like hell.. Xing, WRYN, Yaari.com, tagged and what not..

  16. Zashkaser August 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM #

    hahaha ! this is good shit


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