The amount of spam mail generated from Linkedin recently has become infuriating. Why people don’t “get it” , the simple concept that Linkedin is a “Social Networking” platform, just boggles my mind. Networking people…. that is the intention.
It seems as if every day I get several invites to join someones millionairre club or to check out incredible investment opportunities or to download some fantastic new e-book that will turn my life around. Guess what people, I don’t even know your name let alone who you are…. do you think I am really going to click on your link? I suppose the real question is – Do others actually click these links? Can someone be that foolish?
The biggest annoying factor is that many of these unsolicted email spammers do not supply an unsubscribe option. I recently asked someone on Linkedin, “how do you know me and who asked you to solicit me“? The response I got set off an online sparring match that spilled into the social streams. I was told – “You asked to connect to me on Linkedin”. This person was upset about the fact that I even challenged their thought of shamelessly soliciting me. It was as though they were given a pass to do so.
Oh really? First of all, I didn’t ask this person to connect, they in fact asked me to connect. And most importantly, I attempted to explain that there is a huge difference between connecting for networking purposes and connecting to get spammed.
Listen up people – Just because we are connected on Linkedin does not give you a license to relentlessly solicit your products. There is another company, who touts themselves as a major commercial office reseller, that continues to send me email solicitations regarding hundreds of thousands of square feet available at deeply discounted prices. Now when I am talking discounted prices, they are still in the hundreds of millions of dollars. I am not a prospect. I am not even close to being a prospect! please… just stop!
This particular spammer does in fact have an unsubscribe button. I have hit that button now 22 times. It doesn’t work. I keep getting back a message that says, “we can’t find your email address in our database“. Ok… then how in the heck am I still getting your shameless and unauthorized self promotions? Million dollar company and they don’t get how to run an email campaign? hmmmmmm…..
In the past I have simply deleted these types of solicitations but it seems to have hit an epic amount of times a week I now receive them and I have reached my tipping point. I now unsubscribe, delete and announce to my followers and connections who these people are after several attempts to unsubscribe. The truly amazing thing to me is how these people believe they are actually providing a service. Don’t the intended prospects see through this garbage?
Social Networking is about one thing — Social Networking. Period! End of story. There is no room for shameless self promotion on the Linkedin platform. If you are going to do it, at least run it down the main stream and not personalized with openers like, “hey friend”. I ain’t your friend… Never was, Never will be. If I could only find a button that would………
Ok…. venting is all done. Would love to hear everyone’s comments.