“Hi, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”
If you’ve ever signed up for LinkedIn, chances are you are more than familiar with the never-ending stream of emails coming from contacts.
So many, in fact, and so annoying, that a US judge has ruled that LinkedIn must pay out compensation to its users.
The social media network has agreed to pay a cool $13m (£8.6m) to frustrated users to make up for over-enthusiastic emailing after being sued over its “add connections” programme.
Irritated users sued the company for sending spam in their name, as LinkedIn kept sending out repeated emails to potential contacts on their behalf, without prior warning.
Users who participated in the “add connections” programme between September 2011 and October 2014 can now apply for a refund on their website.
Don’t get too excited, though: $13m when broken down by the number of users in the programme comes to around $10 per person.