Social Neworking Site Tagged Fined

Tagged, a social networking site much like MySpace and Facebook, was recently fined by the Federal Trade Commission for spamming the inboxes of many unwanted users. Apparently, when new members signed up with Tagged, the website went through all of their email contacts without their permission, and then sent out emails inviting them to view photos on Tagged. Once at the site, the visitors had to register as a member of Tagged to view them, only to realize that there were no photos to view at all.

As someone who was tricked into signing up on Tagged, I have to say that I feel Tagged violated my privacy when it sent out emails to all of my friends. Not only were a lot of them confused, some of them thought that my account had been hacked and that they were receiving spam mail from my account. While it is true that once I stopped going to the site, nothing else happened, I still didn't like the fact they Tagged was even able to swipe all of my contact information from my email. If they were able to do that, what's to say that they aren't capable of obtaining more private and sensitive information? And we don't even know what else they have done with that information.

They could have sold it to marketers or used it to their own advantage in more marketing or spam schemes. While I could understand that Tagged may have felt pressured to use any means to gain more market share from Facebook and MySpace, their methods were wrong, and only wound up backfiring on them. If they had stayed to using more ethical approaches to getting more members, they might have been able to slowly build up a smaller, but ultimately a more loyal group of customers. Now, it is unlikely that they will be getting new members any time soon, because there will be few people willing to sign on with a web site that violates your privacy.

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