The Problem With LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a very valuable tool for professionals and companies alike. For example, many people have used the recommendations feature to help them increase their employment and career goals and aspirations. Many companies have used LinkedIn’s vast source of data to search for new talent.

When people have a problem with LinkedIn, most of the time (although the platform is far from perfect), it’s because of the way individual people use it.

Take the following as a case in point:

I don’t mind connecting with people I know on LinkedIn. I also don’t mind connecting with people I don’t yet know but who might work in the same office as me. However, this one made me laugh hard:

LinkedIn
LinkedIn

I am a person he trusts yet he doesn’t know me. So why the heck should I connect!? Should I connect?

  • Imagine a social setting where you could only converse with a person by addressing a group (discussion) rather than being able to approach an individual for a direct/private conversation. Imagine having to send that person a request to ‘connect’ before being able to even engage in such a conversation. Or where you can only provide someone a business card, if they agree to provide you theirs as well.

    I think LinkedIn allows you to send messages to fellow Group members in some circumstances, but it’s not easily available from a member’s profile page.

    Perhaps some lines of social (media) communication aren’t drawn as well as they could be?

    • A bit more clarity and disclosure would be appreciated and expected.