Spock… Vulcan or Pediatrician?

by Maureen McCabe on January 9, 2008


One more social network… that’s it. Spock.


Solar System from Geek Philosopher.comDid you think of Dr. Spock on Star Trek or Dr. Benjamin Spock M.D. the first time you heard of Spock? I think I first heard of Spock in November 2007. I was proud of myself for resisting joining one more social network… I thought “what a stupid name…”

The other day I was trying to see if I could find the Realty World site on Ning.com via search. It’s a local builder’s baby. I did find Realty World via Google with a link from Spock. I looked to see how much authority Spock has in comparison to Naymz and a couple of other social media sites I believed were similar… I wished then that I had been more discerning before joining Naymz since I am losing patience with spam from Naymz.

Paul Chaney a web 2.0 guru wrote about Spock the next day on Twitter:

Great post on Spock and why it might be worth your time… http://tinyurl.com/2cdpkr


It was relatively painless to join Spock… no I take that back. I tried to join and got no email. I tried again, it told me my email address was not a valid email address. I was about to try a different email address and tried the one I use on all these networks… one more time… and it took that time. I got an email. I followed steps one to three… I don’t like the way Spock shows my blogs on RealTown.com or ActiveRain on my profile but their search pulled up Discover Columbus, the RealTown.com Blog quickly and efficiently. I removed the links to others with my name (it’s a very common name..) not a big deal.

I thought in asking people “for trust” I was only asking members. I said no to them inviting every friend from my Linkedin or Plaxo Pulse address books.


Later I found out I sent emails “for trust” on Spock to people who were not members… Of course I’ve been getting them regularly since the first time I heard of Spock. Duh! Spock knew of them… but I thought it was telling me they were members. I chose not to invite all the people on Linkedin and Plaxo Pulse who I understood as NOT members of Spock. Discussing it on Twitter with someone who is not a Spock member but got email from me…


Columbusite Tim Eby of WOSU Twittered me:

timjeby @maureenmccabe — I had the same thing happen to me with Spock and I immediately dumped it off my list of social media tools.


I am going to assume the faux pas was mine. I’m going to assume I did not read carefully what Spock was telling me… Mea Culpa… my apologies to anyone I sent something to from Spock who is not a member. That’s it… no more but if you hear about something great… let me know.

My Profile on Spock.com

Social Media Plan 2008

Planets photo from GeekPhilosopher.com


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1 Patrick January 10, 2008 at 03:56 am


I’m sorry you were having such a difficult time with the sign-in process. There are a few explanations for what happened during initial sign-up.

-The most likely explanation is that during the claiming process you used the incorrect e-mail for the verification. The reason this would happen is because the site that was crawled had a particular e-mail associated with it that would be yours. So, if your gmail account were associated with your LinkedIn search result, if you were to enter an alternate address it wouldn’t register.

-As far as the address book import. I was surprised that you had difficulty considering the specific wording that is clearly stated. Step two of the sign in process reads:

[Request Trust

Spock found search results for 36 of your contacts and added them to your Search Network (no emails were sent).

Select which ones you wish to request trust from below. To get the best possible search experience, you should only request trust from people you know. Note that requesting trust will send each person a one-time email.

* Indicates person is a registered Spock User]

Please note that next to each person already on Spock there is a red star next to their name. You also have the option to send requests to no one.

The next step reads this:

[Contacts Without Search Results

Spock doesn't have search results for 550 of your contacts, but you can still request their trust.

Select which ones you wish to request trust from below. An invitation to join Spock will be sent to each selected contact notifying them of your request.]

Once again we’re sorry you had such a negative experience, however we feel that we’ve made ourselves as clear as possible.

2 Maureen McCabe January 10, 2008 at 08:37 am


It was relatively painfull oops I meant to say painless. Sorry to have told such a melodramatic rendition of my sign up…. I had just blogged a few hours earlier that I would not join anymore sites, social media overload but I was trying to get Spock to accept my email address at the time…

The thing with asking people “For Trust” was me not Spock… I don’t like to stop and read instructions. I make assumptions.

I’m sure it is “clearly stated.” I just flew through it.

Siging up for Spock was fast (once I got it to accept my email address) in comparison to many sign ups and much more intuitive. That really helps those of us who don’t want to pay attention, read directions.

I feel like I have a presence on Spock. So far I am thrlled with Spock in comparison to Naymz, Facebook, WannaNetwork, MySpace and even Plaxo Pulse and Linkedin. Sorry you took this as negative about Spock. I am way ahead of where I’d be on another social network. I may someday do profiles on some of them.. but I absolutely

I am not a big one for giving out someones email address, sending invites to people and you can tell it looking at my Facebook, Linkedin and Plaxo Pulse pages.

Believe me it has been a nightmare signing up for each and every social network, I just did not blog about it. Maybe I will do an I love Spock post someday. For now I am sure the readers are saying who cares… It’s called ColumbusBestBlog.com not social networking 101…

The important question remains… Vulcan or Pediatrician?

3 Tom Drugan January 10, 2008 at 09:39 am

Hi Maureen,
We try to make it as simple as possible to change the frequency of or completely stop receiving e-mail communications from Naymz. All you need to do is log-in to your account and change your Email settings which is found in your “Account” section. An unsubscribe link can also be found at the bottom of any e-mails we have sent you in the past. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Tom Drugan
Naymz Co-founder

4 Maureen McCabe January 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm


I don’t mean any disrespect, it is just not one of my favorite networks. As I remember it I had an invite to Spock and Naymz in my mailbox from two different friends and chose Naymz over Spock because of the name.

Or maybe I chose based on who invited me to both. It was not scientific or based on the authority of the two. Maybe they are not even the same thing. It is hard for me to judge.

I will have to dial down the email alerts from Naymz or delete my membership there because I find it irritating. Not as irritating as Facebook by any stretch of the imaginination and I have not quit Facebook yet.

Maybe I have not given Naymz a fair chance. I am sure there are lots of people who love it. Different strokes for different folks. I joined Linkedin, Wanna Network and ActiveRain at the same time in 2006. I have not done a good job on my Linkedin profile, my fault I am not blaming Linkedin. Lots of people love it. It is pretty low maintenance. I have avoided WannaNetwork because I felt it was a pale imitation of ActiveRain and both are real estate networks.

I am not blasting Naymz and I will adjust the mailings or quit. Good luck with it! Thanks for the comment.

5 Tom Drugan January 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

Hi Maureen,
No worries! It just pains me to hear our company and the word “SPAM” used together. It’s a fine line. What some people view as beneficial, others view as annoying. That’s why we try to give the email controls to our members.

As more networks evolve, it’s become more and more difficult to keep with them. We realize that Naymz (or professional social networking altogether) might not be for everyone.

I guess the biggest difference between us and LinkedIn is that we don’t charge to connect/contact with others who aren’t in your network. We also have more features and services around search engine placement for your name and learning more about who is visiting your profile. Some find this valuable, others don’t.

Great blog! Keep up the good work and have a great weekend.


6 Maureen McCabe January 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

odd Askimet thought your comment was spam..

I am so not up to speed on Linkedin I don’t understand the paragraph “I guess the biggest difference between us and LinkedIn is that we don’t charge to connect/contact with others who aren’t in your network.” means or does not mean to me. I joined Linkedin in 2006 but don’t have much of a profile there….

Thanks for the comment.

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