Unaware, the software company essentially harvested my emailcontacts list and sent out invitations to my list to join theirnetwork on their behalf! In the era of "social networking," you may want to read this articlefrom the NYTIMES to get an idea of what companies on the net are doingthese days to help spread the word about their company at the expenseof your reputation and trust network.
Apparently, this practice of spamming by trust has shades of gray interms of whether this is considered inappropriate/illegal or not...here's the article (source): SPAMtoday(
After all, I should keep up on what’s hot in the social networkingworld, right? Well, the photosdidn’t exist, but I had unwittingly given the site “permission” to gothrough my entire e-mail contact list and send a message to everyone,inviting them to see my “photos.”I found this out only when I started receiving e-mail back from peopleagreeing to be my friend.
I quickly realized what had happened andshot off an apologetic message explaining why I inadvertently spammedthem.
Hello Everyone, Recently, I had joined boxbe to try out their services in supposedlyimproving my email experience (handling spam, prioritizing emails,etc.).
pagewanted=all)****Typing In an E-Mail Address, and Giving Up Your Friends’ as Well Article Tools Sponsored By By ALINA TUGENDPublished: June 19, 2009I THOUGHT it was a little strange when I received separate e-mailmessages from two people I knew only slightly asking me to click andsee their photos on a social networking site called Tagged.
I ignored them at first, but then thought maybe I should check it out. I obligingly typed in mye-mail address and a password to see those photos.
Others told me about the same problems with Web sites like My and .. Even more insidiously, it adds, Please respond or Alina may think you said no, with a sad-face icon next to it. -------------------------------------------------------------------------"Software glitch" my ass. They're probably using your Yahoo or Hotmail username and password to read your email as well. In March 2006, Jumpstart Technologies settled with the Federal Trade Commission on violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, which included a 0,000 fine - the largest penalty to date for illegal spam ( I don't get emails or send them, rarely ever even do PMs Some people think emails are private, and since all that stuff is open to corporations and governments, that privacy is an illusion, so should not be used just for principle.
In the case of Tagged, my friends received a perky e-mail saying: Alina has added you as a friend on Tagged. I apparently also offered to share some photos; some annoyed friends even told me to resend the pictures because they couldnt find them. I got an email theat said a friend was joing their group and he needed me to agree to put my email address on his new list.