Have you received an email invitation from a friend to join Tagged and are wondering what it is all about? Chances are your friend didn't really send you an invitation. Rather, your friend's email address book got commandeered by Tagged.
What is Tagged?
Tagged is a social network similar to MySpace and Facebook. It was launched in 2004 by Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith, Harvard graduates who hoped to capitalize on the success of Facebook by creating their own social network. Initially targeted at high school students, Tagged has since opened its doors to users of all ages.
In the past year, Tagged has seen a surge of growth as it has climbed up the ranks of social networks. Unfortunately, not all of this has been the organic growth of friends recommending the social network to other friends. Tagged has used some rather unsavory tactics to gain new members.
Why is Tagged Spamming my Email Inbox?
Almost all social networks try to garner new members through email invitations and nudge users along with email updates. The invitations are usually sent when a friend first signs onto the social network, and this stage is easily skipped for those who don't want to bother their friends. Email updates on friend activity is also something that can be turned on and off in the options.
Tagged, however, has taken this tactic to such extremes that many consider it a spamming website. Not only will it send repeated invitations to join the network, Tagged also routinely sends out emails to its members indicating that someone has viewed their profile. This is a technique used to try and keep members active and is generally frowned upon in the social networking community.
What Can I Do About It?
Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about Tagged. But there is one thing you can do: make sure the emails sent from Tagged are marked spam so that your spam filter will catch them in the future.
If you are a parent whose child has joined Tagged and you want their profile deleted, you can email Tagged's safety squad at firstname.lastname@example.org.