LinkedIn Spam: Two Requests for LinkedIn

November 4th, 2010 | by Jason Alba |

I hate getting crap email, especially from LinkedIn connections.

I just got this:


I want to be able to do two things from here:

  1. Mark as spam. On Twitter I can flag as spam AND block the contact.  Would be great to do that from here.
  2. Remove the Connection. The process now sucks – I have to go to the Contacts Page, Remove Connections link (far upper right), then find the contact, select, and then remove.  Yuck.  Give me one button from this page to do it, please :)

Make it easy to keep this clean or the noise will compete with MySpace and Facebook crap…

  1. 3 Responses to “LinkedIn Spam: Two Requests for LinkedIn”

  2. By reinkefj on Nov 6, 2010 | Reply

    Relax, count to 10, then again. You’re getting too uptight. Go play with the kinder. Recover your sense of humor. The Universe is sending you a message. Merry ! I didn’t remember Dwali, otherwise I’d have sent you a seasonal greeting. Now if the correspondent was offering you your long lost inheritance from your long lost paternal cousin Sheik who also happened to be a CIA operative with a hidden cache of gold coins, that would have been spam. Everyone knows there are no Sjeiks with relatives in Utah. ROFL.

    Maybe it was a beginner who was just trying to be happy. Remember never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity. Like this attempt make you laff.

    the big fat old turkey hisself

  3. By jitendra vyas on Nov 7, 2010 | Reply

    sender was just wishing you “Happy Diwali” it’s a most popular festival in indians.

    He is not trying to sell anything.

  4. By Jason Alba on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    @reinkejf – maybe this was a bad example, but my point is still valid – LinkedIn needs to allow me an easy way to disconnect from people who I send me stuff I don’t want. Right now the process is way too long. Good point on your last sentence, though.

    @Jitendra, thanks for the clarification. However, I’ll go back to John’s (the turkey) statement… the issue is this: I have over 3k connections. There are dozens of valid holidays during a year. At what point do you wish your network happy this day and happy that day?

    Discretion tells me to put that up as a status post on LinkedIn, or a blog post, or a tweet, or something like that…. not to indiscriminately send it out to people who don’t know or have no interest in a certain celebration…

    What do you send this type of notification for? Christmas? You’ll offend some…. Valentines? You’ll offend some… Labor Day? …

    Maybe there is no good reason to send a “best wishes” for a general (or local) holiday through LinkedIn.

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