Linkedin Mystery Man

April 9, 2013 — 2 Comments

I’m confident many or most of you have been peeked-at by the Linkedin “mystery man”.

linkedin mystery #1

I do pick on Linkedin from time-to-time. But, that is because I have very high expectations. And, I have been gratified to see that on several occasions the people at Linkedin appear to heed my input, or at least submit to the collective will that is our business community, that I happen to reflect in my updates and blog posts. I work tirelessly to keep everyone on-point.

Feel free to tell me when to stop. But, I will ignore you.

By the way… I do apologize for the quality of the image to the left. WordPress insidiously kept rejecting image types. So, I had to get resourceful and use my iPhone to take a snap-shot of the image. I’m thinking the social media gnomes are resentful of my current view and decided to play mischievous.

In any event, it’s genuinely ironic that Linkedin allows people to block their profile while they view others. I personally don’t like this practice. I think it side-steps transparency and obfuscates the whole point of social networking. Now, this is one reason the word “social”, as in electronic networking, often does not work in business.

I’m sure I’ll get pinged by a few recruiters  (they are such a unruly and chippy lot) that think this option is useful. Kyle R. will rationalize it with the word, “discreet”. But, I still don’t like it. And, I’ll not likely be convinced.

In many respects, the social networking platforms have become a barrier to communication. The “easy button” reduces the nuance. I’m confident this may change as media evolves. Holograms, for example. But, that is tomorrow.

English: Semiotics of Social Networking

English: Semiotics of Social Networking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, we all want to help one another. Maybe we don’t know how. But, good communication is always a key. That requires interaction.

Admit it… When you see that someone has accessed your profile on Linkedin having turned-off their own profile it makes you feel uneasy. Its a natural reaction. Making anyone feel uneasy is rarely a good business practice. And, I find it hard to believe that people hiding in a shadow have good intentions.

Let’s be part of the Solution.

brian patrick cork

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