Last Wednesday we debuted the highly-requested “Invite your friends” feature. We didn’t officially announce it at the time, as we were still running some tests on it, but we still chose to make it available to our Beta Testers.
This feature was developed only with the purpose of giving users a fast and easy way to invite their friends onto the website. It was never meant to spam them. iWantoo has only been around for a couple of months, and of course we want more people to join, but never through spam, never by deceiving, and never abusing the trust our users have given us. From the beginning we promised our users that we would protect their privacy and be very careful with the handling of their data, and we’re committed to keeping our word.
This is a screenshot of the Invite your Friends page that was available yesterday:
The process is carried out as described: when you link your accounts, you can see which of your friends are already on iWantoo, and then manually choose who to invite, with a “Select all” option. At the bottom of the page there is a note that reads:
Important: If you choose to invite your contacts, iWantoo will send invitations on your behalf to any users you select, through email, Facebook wall posts or Twitter mentions, depending on what you choose. This will happen only one, and only if you authorize it. iWantoo will not store your password or any of your friends’ contact information.
Unfortunately, some people skipped over this text, which resulted in a massive number of invitations being sent out, and people incorrectly labeling them as spam. In order to make it clear beyond misinterpretation, we’d like to reiterate the following:
iWantoo will never post anywhere on your behalf without your express consent.
Still, to prevent this from happening again, we’ve set a limit on the number of contacts users will be allowed to invite in one day through Twitter and Facebook, and invitations will now be sent privately, as not to clutter anyone’s timelines or newsfeeds.
A big thank you to all our users who’ve already tried out the Invite feature; everyone who got an invite, we hope there is no misunderstanding regarding how they made it to you.
Greetings from the entire team.