Several years ago a colleague of mine invited me to join Ecademy, a networking site for entrepreneurs. I ignored the requests until a few months ago when I decided to check out this service. Thankfully I did not try to connect with other entrepreneurs, or upload my address book. The company has earned a reputation for sending out unsolicited marketing emails to your connections urging them to join. Apparently that’s what happened to my colleague.
Since activating my account, I have received nothing but spam from Ecademy urging me to upgrade to a Power Networker subscription for 30 days free of charge. The emails give me just hours to sign up. I have ignored them. However, I did politely sent them an email asking how to delete my account. No response. The spam emails continued, and no where in these emails is an opportunity to “unsubscribe” which may be a violation of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
I replied with PLEASE REMOVE in the subject line. Within minutes I got 2 more emails from James@ecademy.com with the same email as before…. warning that I only had an hour to sign up. After a quick internet search, I found out how to delete my account.
Ecademy is a waste of time, and apparently I’m not the only one who feels that way. Do your own internet search using the phrase “Ecademy spam” and see for yourself. Thankfully I didn’t try the PowerNetworker option. I can only imagine what it would be like to opt out of that after my 30 day trial expired. Buyer beware!
**UPDATE — Ecademy is now SunZu