Daily Show Slams LinkedIn: “You Seem To Have Monetized Irritating People!”

dailyshow-oliverThe Daily Show has aimed its comedic barbs at some of the biggest tech/marketing players over the years (like Google, Google+, Facebook, Instagram and Google Glass), and last night LinkedIn had its turn in the unflattering-but-funny spotlight.

John Oliver, who’s subbing in as host for Jon Stewart, went on a rant about getting too many LinkedIn emails. He mouthed his “unsubscribe” command, told LinkedIn to leave him alone and then ended his rant with the classic line, “You seem to have monetized irritating people!”

It happened during a segment about the ongoing privacy/NSA/PRISM debate. The relevant part begins at about the 30-second mark in the clip below and runs for about 35 seconds.

Congratulations, LinkedIn. Mentioned on The Daily Show. Now you’ve made it.

How To Unsubscribe From LinkedIn Emails

On the highly off-chance that John Oliver finds this article in his Google vanity alerts, here’s a quick pointer on how to stop getting emails from LinkedIn. (It’s quite simple, really.)

Once you’re logged in, click the “Privacy & Settings” option under your avatar in the upper right.


On that page, click the “Communications” tab from the options on the lower left.


Bam! All of your LinkedIn email settings in one place. Just click “No Email” on any/all and you’re set. Much more effective than mouthing “Unsubscribe!” on TV. And if you want to tell viewers tonight how to do this, we’d love some credit for Marketing Land.

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  • netmeg

    I have done that, multiple times, and it DOESN’T WORK.

  • Jeff Pelton

    If only there was a single “no email” button instead of having to wade through many many emails types they want to send, all require the “no email” option. (correct me if I’m wrong)

    Regardless of this “simple” process, many users feel misled, wronged or that the preferences simple “don’t work” like netmeg commented above. LinkedIn lives off spam.

  • Matt McGee

    Really? Works great for me. No LI emails. Probably explains why my little red counter up there says “164.”

  • Matt McGee

    Yeah, agree that they have way too many things to turn off…

  • http://federicoeinhorn.com/ Fede Einhorn

    Worked for me too. It’s been over an year without a single linkedin email, you sure you turned off all the notifications individually? I still get the messages in linkedin, but as @jeffpelton:disqus said, “linkedin lives off spam.”

  • gregory smith

    STOP IT FOR GODS SAKE! lol This is a complete “turn off”..

  • http://www.igobydoc.com igobydoc

    Haha @mattmcgee:disqus,

    That’s funny. I may go and turn off some of the emails. LinkedIn is not as bad as Facebook though.

    Oh, and speaking of messages. Looks like your LinkedIn inbox is pretty full. =)


  • Steve Fischer

    Your instructions on unsubscribing are helpful to those that are linkedin members but I don’t think the host is a linkedin member. I had this same problem. Someone would join Linkedin and use the “find your friends” feature so I would get an email saying “joe blow has invited you to be join linkedin” and then if you don’t join you get a reminder email every 48 hours. It is beyond annoying. So over 6 months if you have 20 people send you linkedin requests you get a reminder from them every 48 hours. I was getting 20 reminders a day. I begged and pleaded with my ISP to block linkedin’s mail servers, but finally got linkedin to agree to permanently ban my email address in their system. They really are one of the most irritating spam senders in the world.

  • Daniel

    I agree. I STILL get emails. I logged into the site manually and removed all settings that imply sending any form of email. I have also “unsubscribed” more than once.

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