Sunday, August 10, 2008
LinkedIn used to be a social networking site, but now it's a job networking site. That's not news. I think it's fine to have different networking sites for our different personas, where a person might prefer to keep their personal and professional identities separate. But what bothers me about LinkedIn is the Recommendations. I've read many of these so-called recommendations of people that I know (sometimes either the sender or receiver, and sometimes both) recommending one another, and I'm here to tell you it's a bunch of crap. I've read too many of these recommendations that are nothing but a pack of lies. When some of the most evil and vile creatures that ever crawled out of the muck get a glowing recommendation like they're some kind of Workplace Messiah, the whole Network is forever tainted. And I know these people; they're morally-bankrupt monsters. Yet on LinkedIn, they are the most well-respected, creative and hardworking visionaries ever to set foot in the professional workplace. Gads.