Linked-In - an apology

Dear all, A few weeks ago, we had an internet advisor come to visit our office. She was terrific, and gave me and my colleagues so much valuable information with regards to social media and marketing on the internet.

Unfortunately, one of the bits of advice I was given was to join Linked-In. I was told that Linked-In has changed a lot over the past few years and has become more like a facebook experience for professionals. So without giving it much though about the implications, I signed up.

I really wish I hadn't.

Within a matter of minutes, my mailbox was being inundated with suggestions and notifications about people who have corresponded with me over the years, and I know for a fact - that my signing up to Linked-In, caused a lot of pain for many of you, due to the incessant emails to tell you to sign up to Linked-In.

I'm an IT guy from a previous life, so I did some research, found out that many folks hit their heads against the wall because Linked-In is so invasive. I researched how to switch off all the notifications. I even switched everything I could find - off. And yet the emails still kept coming. Hundreds of notifications per day.

I can only apologise for this. If I'd know how murky the waters are with Linked-In - I sincerely would not have bothered.

I have now deleted all my contacts from it, and removed all 'invitations', because they just keep on going out until you accept.

It's a crap piece of software. I mean that in the kindest way. No honestly, it's crap. It doesn't do what you want it to. It takes over your contact, your inbox, and despite you telling it otherwise, it keeps emailing you. I have now created a google mail filter to delete anything that comes in that is associated to Linked in.

It seems that Linked-In have a world-domination policy. Or maybe it's just poor programming. I suspect it's both.

I just wish to say big apologies to you all, and I hope that you are no longer receiving their crap. I'm not responsible. I trusted Linked-In, but they let me down.