I did my good deed and put a very mild-mannered comment on Jeff’s industry vs profession column yesterday. Now I am getting the curmudgeon stick back out on an issue that I think Jeff will probably agree with, though I admit he’d do it in a kinder,gentler way. I just saw a message similar to this one in a forum I belong to…”I am so proud to announce that since the LinkedIn seminar, thanks to The Presenter, I have connections Â that link ME to 7,769,300+ professionals! Gonna work that network!Â “ I was in that seminar where I spent an hour or so learning to connect with certain LinkedIn “libertines” See Thesaurus…adultress, advoutress, courtesan, prostitute, strumpet, harlot, whore, punk, fille de joie; woman, woman of the town; streetwalker, Cyprian, miss, piece; frail sisterhood; demirep, wench, trollop, trull, baggage, hussy, drab, bitch, jade, skit, rig, quean, mopsy, slut, minx, harridan;Â Don’t get me wrong, LinkedIn has value. It is becoming a great ‘goto” place for information. I just fail to see how this exercise my colleague went through will provide ANY value at all. I have a database built up over 20 plus years that has around 10 or 12 thousand people in it that I ,or staff members, actually know and have spoken with. Those people or people maybe one link away from those people can fill just about any search I take. I can’t keep up with them as well as I’d like to.Â The only claimed item of value to this exercise when I asked the question was that she could now see the names of these 7 million people she does not know in search results. Anyone who thinks getting the name of a LinkedIn search result that comes without the name is a hard thing to do should put down the mouse and walk away. Wake up people! This method does not produce a network. It makes a cobweb. My friend can now proudly say that she personally does not know the same 7 million people that the seminar presenter does not know personally. Come on commenters, help me out here. This feels like one of those emails that’ll get Bill Gates and Walt Disney’s frozen head to send me 10 million dollars if I send it to 15 of my closest friends.
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