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Linkedin Spam: Business Social Media Site Screws Up

By Internet Lawyer
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Would you like to receive Linkedin spam?

What is Linkedin spam?

Before telling you about Linkedin spam, let’s define what “spam” is. Spam is unsolicited commercial email (UCE). When you think of spammers, it’s typically some sleazeball sending out millions of emails at a time filling your inbox with biz opp offers and sales pitches for fake medicines. However, it’s also common for some dork you met at a networking or other public event to import the details from your business card in order to spam you with his mlm/network marketing offers.

Because it is such a nuisance, most spam is illegal under U.S. and other countries’ laws regardless of whether the actual offer in the email is legitimate or a fraud.

So, what’s the deal with Linkedin spam?

When you set up your Linkedin account, you can set your options on how you want emails delivered. If you receive a lot of email, it makes sense to receive weekly summaries instead of notifications in real time filling your inbox. However, Linkedin has decided to ignore this setting and go beyond the scope of consent to send emails more frequently, i.e. Linkedin spam.

Here’s the moronic email I received today announcing the new Linked spam policy.

Dear Michael,

We want to let you know about a change we will be making to some of our email notifications to make sure you get important messages as soon as possible.

Previously, due to an error on our part, your default setting was to receive a weekly summary email listing any InMails or Introductions sent to you by other LinkedIn members.

We received a lot of feedback from people saying they’d rather receive these messages right away. With that feedback in mind, we will be changing your setting on December 14, 2011 so you’ll receive InMails and Introductions immediately rather than in a weekly digest format.

If you’d like to receive these messages as soon as they are sent, no action is needed. However, if you’d like to change how you receive these messages in the future, you can change your email preferences by selecting the weekly digest format.

To learn more about changing your email notifications, please visit our help center.

Sincerely,

The LinkedIn Team

Linkedin spam policy translated

Dear Michael,

We wanted to let you know that we could care less about what you consented to for receiving emails from us.

In fact, we made the mistake of actually letting you choose weekly summaries instead of having your inbox filled with crap on a regular basis that you have no time or interest in reading.

We’re really going to blame other people wanting more emails (without proof) for the reason we will start flooding your inbox with Linkedin spam beginning next week.

If you want to go back to receiving weekly summaries, please waste some of your time changing your preferences again. Of course, based on this email from us, you shouldn’t expect us to honor your wishes in the future either because we’re clueless when it comes to matters of informed consent and social media.

To learn more about why we have decided send you Linkedin spam, please waste even more of your time by going to our misnamed “help center.”

Sincerely,

Dumb and Dumber

Until the Linkedin spam policy is reversed, I will treat the anti-social site with the contempt it deserves because it disrespects its members.

Do Fake Friend Requests on Social Networking Sites Constitute Stalking?

By Uncategorized

Violating a protection order that prohibited contact with another person, a teenager made a MySpace friend request to that person and has now been charged with criminal contempt. In this case, no contact means no contact. Regardless of a recipient’s ability to ignore or refuse a friend request, the request constitutes a contact.

However, the bigger issue is to what extent making friend requests on social networks to those who don’t like you can constitute cyberstalking or harrassment. At what point does making such requests cross the line from real social networking to a cause of action or even criminal charges? This isn’t an academic debate. As we’ve seen recently, the results can be devastating (including suicide) when fake profiles are used to become cyber-friends on social networking sites and then applied to manipulate or abuse an unsuspecting victim who doesn’t know the malicious intent behind the online relationship.

Unfortunately, the nutcases who do this type of thing will lead to occasional public outrage and bad laws being passed by politicians who haven’t a clue how to surf the Internet, let alone be able to use MySpace, Facebook, Linked-in, and other sites. And there will undoubtedly be civil suits by personal injury lawyers looking to make a buck.

One would hope that netiquette would rule the day so that everyone would play nice online. Human nature being what it is, that isn’t going to happen. The social networking sites are able to police themselves to mitigate the damage that can be caused by fake “friends.”

Social Networking Research Can Protect Your Business

By Uncategorized

Andy Bourland makes a great point that social networking sites (such as Facebook, Linked-in, and MySpace) provide the advantage of creating relationships online in a way that one-way correspondence using an autoresponder service to a mailing list cannot.

Yet that’s just part of the picture.

These sites are an essential part of doing your online due diligence before entering into a business deal with someone. For you not only learn about common ground but also fatal character flaws that will prevent you from doing a joint venture (JV) deal, writing a testimonial, etc.

Let me give you two examples. Real names will not be used in order to protect the identities of those involved.

Mr. X has a great software product and he’s looking for JV partners to bankroll and promote it. A review of Mr. X’s Meetup groups shows that this married man has joined several singles groups. Whether or not you agree with adultery, Mr. X has just told you that his home life is unstable. Want to invest your time and money in a business venture that will blow up because of divorce? Just because he plays with fire is no reason for you to get burned. In fact, knowing about his messy personal life, you’re unlikely to recommend him to your friends.
Ms. Y is considered a successful Internet marketer, published author, and public speaker. Imagine your shock upon visiting her MySpace profile (yes, it really is her profile) and discover that the profile is sexually explicit with a swingers theme. Once again, it isn’t a matter of passing moral judgment. It is a matter of questioning her business judgment. Do you want to do a JV deal, or even have your name associated by a testimonial, with Ms. Y? How will your association with Ms. Y affect your business?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LllhrwvkXto

In sum, take advantage of what’s available through social networking to avoid the pitfalls of doing business with someone who can hurt your pocketbook or reputation.

Spock.com – New Search Engine for People Raises Privacy Issues

By Internet Lawyer

Spock.com is a search engine with a twist. With over 100 million names indexed, the site has a goal of creating profiles for the world’s population. Much of the existing data is being harvested from existing social networking sites, such as MySpace and Linked-In.

Of course, GIGO (garbage in garbage out) applies. If the underlying data is false, the profile isn’t helpful. This is particularly true when someone maliciously posts a bad profile for you on a social networking site.

I took preemptive action and created my own profile on Spock.com. I’d rather have the data be accurate. Of course, some discretion is involved. Because of identity theft concerns, for instance, I did not provide vital information such as date of birth.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fOvad5r8cps

And of course, you should be careful about what you post online. If your hobby is surfing the Internet while at work, chances are that your current or prospective employer won’t be too pleased to read about it online. Content on the web tends to have a life of its own…particularly if it is embarrassing.