I remember when I first heard about LinkedIn and how reluctant I was to join yet another social network. I was already active on Facebook and Twitter—how many of these social platforms did I need to be on? (This was obviously before the dawn of other time-suck sites like Instagram and Pinterest).
Once I read through the terms and quizzed some friends who had already joined, I figured I might as well. At the time I was desperately seeking out of my day job and saw a lot of value in networking on a platform with other industry professionals. And so, I reached out to old coworkers, friends, and acquaintances in hopes of landing some freelance work and possible connections.
Somewhere along the way, something happened and this site… changed.
I now get requests to link up with random strangers who are not even remotely in the same line of work. But why not give them the benefit of the doubt, right? The other day I clicked “accept” to an engineer and then received this message:
“Hello my dear you look very charming and beautiful i love your picture please can we be friend, please i will like to have your email address to enable us via email if you wouldn’t mind…………”
Uhm, this is not what I ordered.
But I kept hope alive. And then I received a nice notification to tell me that people are looking at my LinkedIn profile! Isn’t that exciting?! People want to work with me!
I opened the email and found…
My ex’s face staring back at me.
After dry heaving for a good quarter of an hour and calling my girlfriends to giggle, I very seriously considered deleting my profile and calling it quits.
Is LinkedIn a creeper’s paradise, or am I just having a weird week?
Have you encountered any funny business on LinkedIn or have you actually found it to be a useful platform to engage with other industry professionals?