I am on LinkedIn, and have been for quite some time. I like being on LinkedIn. I don't think I've gotten any work because of my connections, but it keeps me up to date with people I've known over the years.
However, LinkedIn gave me an unpleasant surprise recently.
I invited a few people I know to connect with me. One of them sent me an email saying that she's not on LinkedIn anymore because when she was, they took over her address book and sent invitations
I could understand her desire not to have anything else to do with LinkedIn, and I started to worry.
Then it happened. Suddenly I was connected to some people I hadn't invited, and one blogger friend sent me an email saying that I should connect with her at her work email address. I told her I hadn't sent her the invitation. She told me she'd been getting a lot of connection requests of late and she had noticed a place on LinkedIn where you could give permission for them to invite everyone on God's green Earth to connect with you.
I remembered some small print next to the connection requests I'd sent. Apparently, I gave LinkedIn permission to invite everyone I've ever emailed to connect with me.
That means "I" sent requests to such people — and I use the term "people" loosely — as Dr. X and Mr. Asswipe Bastard, the principal who fired me so I can never get another teaching job.
Oy gewalt, as the Mama (Sherry Ellis) sometimes says.
However, some good has come out of this. I am now connected to a lot of people I like, and some I have admired from a distance, such as poet Sharon Doubiago. Why Sharon Doubiago accepted a request to be connected to me, I'll never know, but she did.
|Sharon Doubiago, I have a crush on you|
but only in a heterosexual way.
Or, this one:
So now that I've worked in Ryan Gosling, I'll try to get to my point, if I can keep from passing out because look at the way he's looking at me from that photo. Those are "I wanna make sweet love to you" eyes.
The point . . . the point is . . . oh, stop Ryan, I belong to Elvis Aaron Schwarz.
No, not Mr. Darcy. Colin Firth, stop giving me that same look that Ryan Gosling is giving me. Think of something else. Think of something else.
All right. Now I can continue. LinkedIn needs to be limited. I don't want to leave you, LinkedIn, but you have to get rid of that little tiny print you're using to trick us into giving you permission to invade our lives and embarrass us.
Elvis Aaron Schwarz agrees with me.
So does the Men's Olympic Crew Team.
And so does Dixie the Rottweiler.
LinkedIn, don't make me leave you. You need to have limits.
Infinities of love,
I was the one that sent you the refusal to Linkedin, & I'm STILL getting your invitation!!ReplyDelete
I remember that it was you, and I'm very sorry you're still getting the invitation. I don't know how to make it stop. Have you tried declining the invitation? That made someone I didn't want to be connected to go away.Delete
A big oy gewalt! I'm having a little trouble with Linked in, too. I did a business card endorsement thing for a friend, and now they've bugged everybody I know to endorse me. I didn't ask for that!ReplyDelete
I receive many requests to endorse people, and I have no idea if most of those people can do the stuff listed in the request. A number of people have endorsed me, which is nice of them, but like you, I didn't ask for that!Delete
I have received several request and reminders of said request to join you. But I figured that, one, it was spam and, two, you sent it to the wrong person.ReplyDelete
Since I am retired and have no desire to socialize with anyone that is not my friend/pal on my blog site or friends on Facebook, and since I am of no use to anyone working who might need some contacts for future jobs, I just delete them.
Sorry! Unless you are posting nude pictures there, I don’t see the need for me to go there.
You're right. No reason to do it, and if I posted nude pictures they might scare you.Delete
I get a lot of invitations to Linkin, and I signed up for it, but I don't use it and don't understand it.ReplyDelete
One of my sisters told me to do it so I'd make business connections. I guess it's considered "networking," which I'm not good at doing. As I said, I've never gotten any work because of it, but I enjoy reading the profiles of people I've worked with in the past. I like knowing what they're up to.Delete
I get invitations to Linkedin all the time but, between reading and writing blogs and all the other things I have to do I just can't handle any more. I haven't updated my Facebook page in months.ReplyDelete
I know what you mean. I don't really do anything with FB. My tweets are posted there, and occasionally I look at my kids' pages so I know what they're doing.Delete
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I just delete--I do not want ANY contact with Lindedin!!
You might want to mark it as SPAM.Delete
You are so funny! You know, I wonder what will happen to people soon, real soon, with all this linked in, facebooking, tweeting, and all the rest. Some of them will get arthritis of the thumbs, that's one thing I know for almost sure. Seriously, though, there will be no time for self-reflection, for meditation, for getting to know oneself, or for that matter, the person who happens to sit next to you, that you ought to communicate with. I have been to parties with young people and they don't interact, all they do are communicating electronically with all their friends, or Ryan Gosling, what do I know......ReplyDelete
Thank you. I'm glad you think I'm funny. I find it very frustrating to be around most young people because they are fooling with their phones constantly. I am extremely grateful that The Hurricane doesn't do that.Delete
I haven't done anything link-worthy in the past 14 years. Maybe I should connect with other lunch ladies and substitute aides.ReplyDelete
You do something link-worthy all the time. You write your blog, and your blog makes me happy.Delete
I joined Linkedin a few weeks ago... I should probably delete that. For the most part, I have no need for "business" connections. Only friends.ReplyDelete
If you don't need it, then I say get rid of it unless you are connected to someone you adore who would otherwise ignore you.Delete
I think I've got your invite also, along with a bunch of other people I don't even know, and wouldn't you know it, Ryan Goslyn was not one of them....I don't remember what I did with yours, but I do think we're permanently linked together, in a heterosexual kinda of way obviously....I hardly ever use the darn thing, I'm too busy reading your blog...lolReplyDelete
I think we are connected on LinkedIn and definitely in a heterosexual way.Delete
Oh, that's funny! I got a request from you! I didn't want to accept, because that is only my blog email, so was trying to figure out how to add you at my work.ReplyDelete
But I'm sure it wasn't funny to you! That is pretty sneaky of them. I don't actually have a LinkedIn account, but was thinking of it. Now not sure.
IF you decide you want to be on LinkedIn, you can use your work email to send me an invitation to connect at email@example.com. But I really can't recommend LinkedIn, although I'm not leaving it because I'm connected to Sharon Doubiago.Delete
I just never got the point of having a Linkedln account.ReplyDelete
I only have one because my successful sister told me to do it. I am obedient, occasionally.Delete
I got an invite from you--am not on it, anyways--and Linkedin has sent me reminders from you a few times. But I guess I kind of assumed you didn't send it because the same thing has happened with a couple of other people I know who are on Linkedin. No problem. I just delete. ;)ReplyDelete
Not with Linkedin and now I think it is a good thing I am not.........and wanted to say thanks for pictures of good looking fellas...ReplyDelete