Unlike Linkedin, VIADEO used my uploaded address book to continuously and persistently spam my contacts with email invitations to join their site, several times a week. When I agreed to their invite to upload my gmail addressbook and invite my contacts to connect to me, I assumed that VIADEO would respect the privacy of my contacts. They did not.
After VIADEO uploaded over 1500 contacts and started spamming them, I realized that I had to delete my contacts to stop the invitations from going to them. VIADEO gave me two options: delete the contacts one at a time, or delete my entire VIADEO account.
I chose the faster route to delete the account with the 2000+ connections that I spent a number of years building.
I am outraged by VIADEO's behavior and apologize to anyone reading this who has been subjected to their spam through me.
I now realize why several people in my addressbook keep sending me the same VIADEO invitations several times a week. Their addressbook has been highjacked too. I will now let them know by email.
I thank Linkedin for always respecting my address book and never spamming my contacts since I joined in 2003.
I now hope that VIADEO won't continue to invite my address book in my name after my account is deleted. Surely, all those contacts are deleted too.
If they aren't deleted, and VIADEO does continue to spam my clients, friends, and colleagues, I will seek a greater remedy than dissing their name over my network of 15,000+ connections on multiple social sites that this blog reaches.