New unsubscribe methods in the news
The folks at The Daily Show, who brought us the wonderful term “High Volume Email Deployer” so very long ago, are once again leading the way in new unsubscribe technology. Unsubscribe by television.
Meanwhile, the folks at The Daily Mash have a different unsubscribe suggestion.
MEMBERSHIP of networking website LinkedIn can only be terminated by destroying its corporate headquarters, it has emerged.
Of course, these suggestions are only funny because so many of us get mail from LinkedIn that we didn’t expect. Invites from people we don’t know. Updates for things we didn’t subscribe to. Marketing from companies scraping addresses off the website. Just last week someone unconnected to me used the LinkedIn system to try and sell me his 72 Million email address list.
Companies can get away with bad email practices if they’re bringing value to the recipient. But when those practices are so bad that they become the butt of jokes, there has to be an awful lot of value to overcome the negative reputation. It’s possible that LinkedIn is approaching the tipping point where their mail is more annoying than their service is useful.