Could spam sink LinkedIn? Yes!

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Richi's Rant: I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore! The situation with LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) spam is getting out of hand. It's seriously damaging the LinkedIn brand and the site's effectiveness. If the company doesn't get this problem under control soon, you can add LinkedIn to the sorry list inhabited by MySpace and Friendster. Find out what I'm complaining about in The Long View... My apologies to Peter Finch's Howard Beale character, but I really am utterly fed up with the way LinkedIn, an otherwise extremely useful service, is fast going downhill. And it's not just me; I've heard from many other users who are seeing the same problems. By spam, I mean connection requests from people you've never heard of. I think it's got something to do with a new user interface that LinkedIn uses to suggest contacts and encourage you to connect with them.

Read on for just two examples...

Example #1: Invitations to connect

I'm getting far more of these than I used to. Others are seeing the same thing (see later for others' comments).

I think the problem here is that LinkedIn has tweaked the signup process. Like many social networks, it encourages you to let it scan your email contacts. Then it shows you a list of "suggested" users -- usually, you have to consciously select the users you want to invite, but sometimes all the users in the list are magically selected by default.

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