SOURCE: Tagged

January 29, 2010 09:00 ET Awarded $200,000 Judgment Against Spammer

Third-Largest Social Networking Site in the US Protects Safety and Privacy of Its Members

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2010) - Social networking site,, today announced it has won $201,975 in a default judgment against Erik Vogeler who victimized Tagged members by sending them spam messages with links to an adult, dating website. The messages sent by Vogeler violated the federal CAN-SPAM statute because they had false and misleading information.

In a ruling issued this week, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in the northern district of California found Erik Vogeler guilty of sending messages to 6,079 Tagged users and assessed damages of $25 per violation for a total of $151,975. Alsup also ordered Vogeler to pay Tagged $50,000 in attorneys' fees and to cease sending commercial emails through

"Safety and privacy are the tenets upon which we built Tagged and we are steadfast in protecting our community," said Greg Tseng, Founder and CEO of Tagged. "We are pleased with Judge Alsup's ruling and believe justice has been served to Mr. Vogeler."

More information on the matter is available on Tagged's blog at:

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Tagged is the third largest social networking site in the US, as measured by ComScore total monthly visits. While other social networks leverage existing friendships, Tagged is designed as a place to discover new people. Tagged connects its members with new people for friendship, dating and fun. The site enables its members to play popular online social games, build and customize profiles, give and receive gifts, meet other members with similar interests and more. Tagged has over 80 million registered users worldwide, and a daily audience of over 3.5 million unique users. Improved site usability and new features including online social games have driven recent growth. More information is available at

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