— dr. sava aka “couch panini” (@savasavasava) April 29, 2018
So last night while exploring a service called Dock.io, I made a pretty big blunder. I was importing my Google contacts (first mistake) and unintentionally invited all of my Gmail contacts to the service (second very big mistake)—definitely not good. Beyond embarrassing—this was a blockchain identity management service after all—doing something like this shakes people’s trust. No one wants to be spammed, and we designed Reclaim Hosting around the very idea of no up-sell and no BS, so this gaffe is doubly excruciating for me. But, I did it, and it’s my bad and I have to own that and apologize to folks who got a spammy email from me yesterday.
I cannot vouch for dock.io given it is a new service and I have only become to explore it myself, what’s more I’m by no means sold on blockchain as a solution to anything. But I was interested in how they’re allowing you to use their service to update your personal information across your various distributed accounts. It jives with the idea of the Personal API that we have returned to with BYU, and I wanted to get a sense of their interface and how they are doing this. What this does remind me of, and this is something I am going to work to divest myself of a bit, is how easy it is to pull all of my Google data into another service to send spammy emails. There are many reasons why this is a huge red flag, and should have know better. Now I have some more self-flagellation to attend to..