Spam email is a problem that has plagued the internet since its invention. Spammers are usually smart people who figure out new ways to spam all of us. Shut a door or two on them and they will find a hundred new doors to still get into your email inbox. They are always a step or two ahead of the minds that are involved in fighting spam and now they are targeting popular social networks to get into your inbox.
LinkedIn is a popular Social Network connecting professionals and is ranked by Alexa as one of the most visited Websites on the web (Ranks : US – 28, UK – 42, Australia – 55, India – 20 ). One of the features that LinkedIn provides to add more friends and colleagues to your network is by allowing you to invite them and send them a personal note from you. The personal note and the invitation are sent out as an email to the intended recipient. It is this feature of LinkedIn that has now become a target of spammers. Look at this invitation i received from someone by the name of “Rebekah Stone”. She wants me to check out some sexy websites.
How is LinkedIn going to fight this kind of spam? One way you can help them out is by using the “mark as spam” link that is displayed in the LinkedIn inbox.