From the Actrix Online Informer August 2012

Stopping LinkedIn and other social media emails

by Rob Zorn

One reader wrote to us last month and told us about a problem she was having where, every day, she was receiving emails from the social network. After putting LinkedIn on her Block Sender list, the emails started piling up in her Junk mailbox. She asked us if there was a better way to block these emails.

LinkedIn is a social networking site designed to help improve your business contacts. You can lists details about yourself and your expertise and it functions as a sort of directory. However, when you join, LinkedIn asks for your email programme's address book and then emails all your contacts inviting them to join. This is why so many receive LinkedIn invitations, even though they have no desire to open a LinkedIn account. Unfortunately, you're a little powerless to do anything about this, other than contacting LinkedIn and telling them you're really annoyed that they do this. You can do that at, but you have to put something in the search field before they'll let you use their Contact Us page.

If enough people complain, LinkedIn may change their practice, and stop sending out unsolicited invitations.  However, I wouldn't hold my breath as doing this is probably one of their more prominent growth strategies.

But here's the hook. You can block emails from LinkedIn (under your account settings) if you become a member. This sort of amounts to annoying you to the point where you get so annoyed you join to stop them annoying you. This may also be something you choose to complain to them about.

The key isn't to blocking these emails, rather it's stopping them from being sent. This is easy to do, but can be hard to figure out, so here's how to stop social networks bombarding your inbox with unnecessary emails.

Once you've opened an account, editing your notification settings in LinkedIn is easy. Here are the steps:

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. Hover the mouse over your name in the top right-hand corner, and click SETTINGS.

From here you can select the types of messages you want to receive, and their frequency, as well as who can send you emails.

On the panel on the right, you can turn on/off LinkedIn announcements and invitations.

Here are some ways to stop unwanted emails from other social media services.


By default, Facebook will send you an email for just about anything. If your friend's mother's cat has a birthday, you'll receive an email letting you know. If your little sister's boyfriend adds you as a friend, you'll get an email. And it all gets a little much after a while.

To change your account settings in Facebook so you won't receive so many emails, sign in to your account, and click the arrow at the top right of the page next to the account button. On the list that appears, click Account Settings, and on the new page that appears, select Notifications from the menu on the left.

On this page you'll see a list of different categories that Facebook will send you emails for. To the right of each category is a link named "edit". Click the "edit" link and you'll see a list of check boxes for more specific notifications.

All you have to do is go through each list and uncheck the things you don't want to receive an email for. If you don't want to receive any emails from Facebook, uncheck every box, and don't forget to click "save changes" in every list.


Twitter is also just as easy:

  1. sign in to your account
  2. click your profile button on the top right-hand corner and select SETTINGS
  3. from the menu on the left, click EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

From here you can select which messages you'd like to receive. Unticking all the boxes will mean no emails will be sent to your account.



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