Blocking Email

My post earlier this week dealing with harassment has prompted a couple of other inquiries – let’s deal with one here.

I don’t want to get email from LinkedIn!

Ok, this is pretty severe, and you could easily replace the word “LinkedIn” with any other site – so let’s talk about it.


If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, and you never intend to create one, you don’t exist on the site.

But that doesn’t stop people from trying to connect with you – by typing in your email address.

Well meaning

Now I don’t know of too many situations where people are getting actual spam in a LinkedIn email, so let’s just suggest that this happens when some unsuspecting user (Mr Smith) uploads his address book and doesn’t follow my advice…  You know, the one where I tell you NOT to “invite everyone”…

That’s right – LinkedIn will go through and send a note to all LinkedIn users and non-users whose email it pulled out of the address book letting them know that Mr Smith would like to connect.

But still email

LinkedIn sends email like everyone else, and while most of it is expected and desired, some find it offensive.

And there isn’t much one can do to stop it from getting sent.


And this is where anyone can protect themselves – by creating a rule that tells their email program to notice when email arrives form a specific host – like – and automatically “takes care” of it.

Perhaps the taking care is adding a specific label, or it just might be tossing it into the trash can.

Problem solved.

Remembering what you’ve done…

But if you do this, you must remember what you have done.

Nobody will be able to help you if you really wanted to get that email some day in the future – it is getting delivered properly, but then following your instructions, it is going into the trash without ever appearing in front of you.

For other emails!

I’m sure my other readers won’t ever want to do that with LinkedIn email, but maybe you’re tired of getting invited to join facebook or something and want a solution for that…-)

To your continued success,


Steven Tylock