Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Do you use Postable?


I've seen a lot of buzz on Postable lately. I just read a nice post on The Letter Writers Alliance about it. Basically, it seems to function as an online address book, where contacts can update their own info and therefore it stays accurate because the data is live and fresh.

I suppose I am the paranoid curmudgeon. Right now, I am abstaining from it as deliberately as I do from Facebook.

I started to sign up when it first started its social media splash a couple of months ago, but there was something in the signup process that gave me pause. I don't recall the exact wording, so I don't want to get myself in hot water, but I do not entirely trust that the addresses are all private, and not given over to any kind of future sharing. What does Postable really gain from this? I am too suspicious, so I neither have my own account/database, nor do I willingly add my own info - though I realize that folks could add my info manually.

I'm still thinking about it, though, and look forward to feedback from folks who've used it for a while. Many of my favorite and most trustworthy mail pals and mail bloggers use it, so I may be too paranoid here. What do you think? Do you use Postable?

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  1. I use Postable and love it! I love the layout and how easy it is to add addresses or get them from friends. I used it to gather some addresses for Letter Month and it worked out really well!

    I feel like the addresses are private and haven't been too concerned that my information if being shared. I believe when you add your address they state that the addresses are private and will not be shared.

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  2. Here is my take on postable. I too share your "privacy" concerns.

    While I use address books online for email. I have never added physical addresses. This is where I believe this is the ultimate consumer tracking database. Not only are you giving them a name and email but a physical address for mailing/tracking. Does this become data for a new white pages?

    The possibilities for use of YOUR data are endless.

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    1. Derrick, I'm glad I'm not the only paranoid one!

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  3. I do. Here's why -- postable is a very small operation. Like, 2 people do it. It's not the mammoth that is facebook. I understand your facebook concerns. But these guys are first, I believe, trying to make a useful site and they'll probably make money down the road by selling greeting cards and the like. My husband is a programmer and has had a few small websites with his partner, and I know that there's no funny business with his stuff. The caveat you were worried about in their terms was just to cover their butt and say that, while they take many steps to guard their info, there's no 100% guarantee that your addresses are safe because websites *can* be hacked. But with all the addresses available online anyway, I don't see why they would be a particular target -- usually hackers are going after credit card info or more top secret stuff then just peoples addresses.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. I didn't mean to cause confusion by comparing them to Facebook - I know it's a very different kettle of fish - only an illustration of my conscientious abstention.

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  4. I'm with you. I don't recall the exact wording either, but something DID give me pause also.
    Sharon

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  5. Hey everybody. Jesse from Postable here. Believe it or not, all Postable address books are totally private. We don't share information with anyone and we never plan to advertise. We're launching an amazing (top secret) addition to the site soon & we plan to make money from that. But the address book will always remain free & private (and wonderful, of course)

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    1. Thanks for the information, Jesse - interesting and much appreciated. I look forward to seeing the amazing addition.

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  6. I had to go see what it was - obviously I don't use it. Don't see the need. What I wish someone would still sell is a pocketbook sized address book. Boy am I showing my age!

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    1. I bought a pocket-sized blank book - really small, fits in the palm of my hand - and just wrote letters on the sides of the pages to alphabetize. It's my DIY pocket-sized address book, and I love it. It's the small red book you can see in the photos of my postcards from Amsterdam post - small enough for travel!

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  7. Amazing addition coming soon. And FabricGreetings, Moleskine still makes a great little pocket address book. Check it out http://bit.ly/13gosAI

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    1. Jesse, I'm a Postable user and the thing I'd like to see (assuming of course that this isn't already in the works) is an iPhone app. I'd be willing to pay a few bucks for it if I could access my Postable address book from an app instead of logging in to the website.

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    2. We'll be making an app at some point this year. It's at the top of the list.

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  8. I signed up for A Month of Letters and saw all the references to it, but I didn't see the point. I'm on other sites already with my address, and on that site I just set it to logged-in members only. Because of Jesse's comments, I'm willing to go take another look, but I have more than enough people to write letters to that don't seem to think it's necessary...

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  9. I use postable and I'm really happy with it. It's so easy to use, and the addresses stay 'fresh'. easy to have other people add their details too.

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  10. It sounds like a cool idea but I'm a little hesitant to try it. I run into the same issue with send something.net, I'm just concerned with who can access my info or look me up, ya know?

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