It may seem like I’m picking on LinkedIn, but I’m really not. It’s just that some things about it strike me as funny/odd/incongruous now and then. For example, just a few minutes ago, I went to my LinkedIn page and there was a message saying there were three new updates. OK, so what have my connections been up to? Well, I suddenly had one of those “deja vu all over” moments when I heard the voice of Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live (for those of you under forty, he was the original news person on the show; I know it seems impossible that such an old guy could have actually been on SNL, but…) saying, “I’m Chevy Chase… and you’re not.”
What I actually heard was a voice saying “… has a new connection”; “… has a new connection”; “…has a new connection… and you don’t.” Sometimes, seeing all my connections connecting makes me feel like I must be stuck on a desert island somewhere without an Internet… connection. Why don’t people want to connect with me? I’m a pretty interesting person, for the most part. I don’t post unpleasant things on my profile, for the most part. I think I have a nice photo, for the most part.
Well, I suppose it’s really up to me. LinkedIn says that my 147 connections link me to 2,514,713+ professionals and there are 3,728 new people in my network, just since May 10, yesterday! Let’s see, if I sent an invitation to connect to those 3,728 people and they all accepted, there would be 63,774,490+ professionals I could then link with. I’ll get started right after dinner.
Update: LinkedIn tells me that I now have 7,458 people in my network. See, that’s what comes of whining.