Remember Tagged? That social network that told you that your friends were on the site and sent you a message, but usually found out they weren’t? Well, guess what – that’s going to stop as they have settled with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office after abusing the email contacts of users.
Tagged currently reports itself as the third-largest social networking sigte after Facebook and MySpace, but spamming practises have made that hard to gauge an actual number of members.
Tagged’s tactic to artificially raise its numbers, according to The Next Web, sees them paying US$650,000 in penalties and costs relating to the investigation, and sets a very important precedent.
“We are thrilled to put the dispute behind us and focus 100% of our attention on the mission of Tagged: to help people discover new people and create connections online,” CEO and Co-founder Greg Tseng wrote in a blog post about the settlement.
“We’re certain the many upgrades we’ve made to our processes, coupled with the passion our community members display every day on the website, will help Tagged continue the incredible growth we’ve experienced since we launched the company five years ago.”
This isn’t the first time that Tagged has settled out of court for this matter, however. It settled cases in New York and Texas over similar matters – paying US$500,000 and US$250,000 respectively, along with changing its registration practises.