I fully agree with you, Duane.

Dewald

On Aug 20, 12:17 am, Duane Roelands <duane.roela...@gmail.com> wrote:
> This is a terrible idea.
>
> 1. It's unethical because Twitter users have never authorized Twitter
> to use their email addresses in this way.  The TOS specifically states
> "We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you
> provide to the Twitter service. Your profile and materials uploaded
> remain yours."  My profile is mine; that includes my email address.
>
> 2. It will drive users away from Twitter because they will start
> getting email that says "Hey, we know you use Twitter!  Your account
> name is @DWRoelands!  Follow us on Twitter!"  Users don't like having
> their email addresses used in ways that surprise them; ESPECIALLY when
> it results in marketing email that they didn't ask for.  Many users
> will conclude (incorrectly) that Twitter sold their email addresses
> and that's not the sort of press Twitter needs.
>
> 3. It's a spammer's dream; an email-validation system that not only
> tells you which email addresses are probably good - it also gives you
> a pile of Twitter usernames to auto-spam-follow.
>
> As a developer and a user, I hope Twitter -never- implements this.

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