Facebook is bad enough. Do we really need to have a business-oriented Facebook called LinkedIn?
Now, if I remember correctly, I believe that Facebook did in fact start off as a more business-oriented alternative to the more, um, colorful thing called MySpace. Clean white and blue pages replaced heavily-loaded, ultra-patterned, button-carrying, rash-music-playing personal websites complete with compromising photos and unsavory posts. All this happened because there was a sort of global epiphany when people realized that your bosses could- and probably would at some point- check you out on the internet. Gasp! Horrors!
Well, it’s been a few years and people finally have seemed to forget, or simply not care anymore, that their boss and coworkers can see their status updates. “Block”, “unfriend”, and private statuses only go so far. Now it’s a free-for-all. But hey… lookit what we have now… the OTHER thing called LinkedIn!!
It was a good intention at the time.
Yet, the road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions.
How demoralizing it is to know that people you really prefer never to see again, will have the freedom to look you up in LinkedIn and see exactly what you’re up to. Yes, you could technically keep a private profile, but that could spell a certain death if you’re a freelancer (or unemployed) in this age of ultra-invasive social networking. Now we are forced to virtually bump into people that we fired, helped to fire, worked to death, people you trashed, people who trashed you. How uncomfortable. And yet there they are, as suggested acquaintances and connections, tempting network invitations, and on the list of people who have looked you up in the last 90 days. Merde.
I am not one to shy away from change, but this social networking thing is a change I am not too fond of. It is just getting old. Guess what… not everyone needs to know what you’re up to. And after a while, it’s not like they even really care.
Here’s to the death of the Social Network. *cheers!*
Note: This post was written in 2011. Social sharing isn’t going anywhere even though everyone hates it as much as ever. We can’t stop doing it, either.