[WEB4LIB] Pearl Echo Software

Lori Ayre lbayre at galecia.com
Thu Jul 8 14:40:46 EDT 2004

Pearl Echo is a content MONITOR more than a filter.  It is designed around
the concept of monitoring, in real-time, the activities of Internet users.
You can see the websites people are browsing, what they are typing in emails
and what they are typing in chat sessions.

I believe you have control over how much (and how little) spying you do, but
it is a major aspect of the design which I would argue makes it an
inappropriate choice for a library.  I'd steer clear of any product that
bills itself as an Internet "monitor" instead of a filter.

FYI, my opinions about Pearl Echo are based on the product's website, not my
own use of the product.

Lori Ayre

-----Original Message-----
From: web4lib at webjunction.org [mailto:web4lib at webjunction.org]
On Behalf Of Connie Hudson
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 9:21 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [WEB4LIB] Pearl Echo Software

Is anyone familiar with the Pearl Echo software used as a filtering option
for public Internet computers? I would really appreciate any feed back on
the software that you have.


Connie Hudson, Systems Coordinator connie.hudson at flower-mound.com Flower
Mound Public Library
3030 Broadmoor  Flower Mound, TX   75022
972-874-6161  fax 972-874-6466

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