Some days I hate the Internet. Like today.
I have an account on LinkedIn, a professional social networking site. I’d gotten a few connection invitations over the past couple of weeks, so I decided to log into my account and accept them. While I was there, I made the (foolhardy, I now know) choice to see if there were other people I knew using the site, using the feature where it compares your email address book to the LinkedIn user database. I found about 10 people I know who have LinkedIn accounts, but I somehow hit the wrong button and instead sent a “join me on LinkedIn” email by mistake — to my entire address book. And gmail saves every. single. address. So if I RSVP’d to an event, that’s in there. If I used “reply all” and there were strangers on the message, they’re in there. Ack!
This happened an hour ago and I am still blushing. It’s that embarrassing.
I blame my headache (which is, actually, quite severe). It must be the pounding in my brain that caused me to make such an amateur mistake. I work on the web for a living, for heaven’s sake. I manage social networking for my organization. I ought to be able to figure out how not to spam 200 people.
Updated to add: Adding insult to injury, I just realized that the “whoops, sorry” email I sent had a nice, big grammatical error. Lovely. A spammer with a tenuous grasp of the English language — that’s me!
Lesson: After 800 mg of ibuprofen, step away from the computer.