Are you tired of flavorless requests to connect, invitations to join message boards you have no connection to run by people who have jobs you have no interest in? Because we certainly are, but it tipped over into almost Facebook-timeline levels of rage when we got an email yesterday declaring “your LinkedIn profile has been viewed 11 times.” What followed was a page right out of the OKCupid confidence undermining handbook, showing pictures of who viewed your profile and stats on how many times it was seen, leading you to either get the stalker heebie jeebies or to realize you are a complete failure at presenting yourself as a hirable candidate because WHY IS NO ONE SEARCHING FOR ME???
But also, Linkedin has never done us much good other than give us a place to find out what former bosses are up to and give persistent PR people another way to try to pitch us stories. So does anyone get use out of this thing?
We have heard of some stories of recruiters reaching out to people through LinkedIn, and, to be fair, as Faye once aptly stated, “I don’t think we have the kind of jobs people get headhunted for.” Hooray journalism!
We’ve also heard the theory that LinkedIn is like Facebook for old people, who are scared off by fluffly Farmville games and would rather discuss business strategies with their fellow college alumni. Of the site’s 147 million members, 67 percent are age 25-54, and 58 percent are male. And here’s a helpful chart with even more data, if you’re so inclined.
The whole thing comes off a bit sycophantic, where anyone you might have a slim connection to wants to add you to bolster their own professional standing (as opposed to Facebook, where they want to add you to further spread pro-baby picture propaganda).
So, what are we missing here?