Meet "the world's most annoying Web site"
Posted by Maha Atal, contributor August 7, 2009 10:23 AM
Social-networking site Tagged.com has become a target of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the bane of a multitude of customers.
"There's a thin line between clever and stupid," went the faux maxim from Spinal Tap, yet it seems to apply pretty well to Web startups. One of the most notoriously over-the-line is the social-networking site Tagged.com, which New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue for false advertising, deceptive business, and identity theft.
What makes the case timely is that many of Tagged.com's practices, like mass emails and data mining, have become commonplace among social media sites. But Tagged's aggressive combination of these digital promotions set it apart from its competitors, Cuomo charges. According to the attorney general's press release, "Consumers who visited Tagged were tricked into providing the company with access to their personal email contacts, which the company then used to send millions of promotional emails." He added: "This very virulent form of spam is the online equivalent of breaking into a home, stealing address books and sending phony mail to all of an individual's personal contacts."