Indian Social Network Yaari Appears To Be Taking Over Email Accounts

By Amit Chowdhry ‚óŹ August 6, 2007

Yaari is an Indian social network that appears to be taking over email accounts and sending out invitations to the contacts of its users. I found this out by reading an article on StartupSquad.

“Little bit of digging revealed that Yaari recently started asking its users for their Gmail/Yahoo password with no clear reason. And all this happens at the sweet spot – while a user is through the registration process. Yaari’s registration workflow doesn’t let a new user proceed without giving out their gmail/yahoo password, if that is the email being used to register. And if you are not paying attention, in few seconds, Yaari goes out and spams your whole contact list,” wrote Vivek Puri, founder of StartupSquad.

If I was, I would strongly reconsider their marketing method if they desire to gain any kind of positive press. If the social network is actually good, then it should speak for itself by attracting a high number of users (and not forcing anyone to join).