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Tagged, You're **it, Says New York AG

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By Kevin Fayle on July 09, 2009 8:48 PM

Did you, like so many others, receive one of those emails informing you that a friend had posted a message or left photos for you at, only to receive an apology from that friend later for inadvertently sending out spam?

Yeah, me too.  It got old pretty quick, and I ended up wanting nothing to do with

If you're anything like me, then, you greeted the news that New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, is suing the company for "deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy" with a sense of gleeful satisfaction.

The social networking site sent misleading emails to all of the contacts on a new sign-ups email account if the person signing up didn't opt out of that little feature, leading to massive spamming and some embarrassed follow-up emails from new Tagged members.

Tagged's co-founder and chief executive, Greg Tseng, posted an entry in response to Cuomo's announcement stating that when "our company tested a new registration process, we discovered that our 'invite your friends' language was confusing."  However, given Tseng's past involvement in other sites with similar spamming tactics, it's easy to doubt the sincerity of this statement. 

See Also:
Social Net Tagged Getting Sued By NY AG (Washington Post)

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