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May 02, 2019 19:52:57

Follow Me, I'll Follow You

by @Rawhead PATRON | 411 words | 🐣 | 183💌

Jeff Riddall

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Every day I, and I'm sure many of you, receive requests to connect on the various social networks. I get a couple of requests a day, and it seems like more lately, from individuals on LinkedIn. I have a few people and/or organizations follow me on Twitter each week, though this has tailed off over the last year or so as I used to see a couple daily. This volume and frequency is about the same on Instagram, while I receive very few Facebook friend requests; maybe only a couple a month. 

All of this got me thinking about the motivation of the people issuing these requests. Particularly in the case of LinkedIn, where many of the requests I receive are from people I've never met. I feel like LinkedIn and Facebook connections are similar as they are both one-to-one, human-to-human and much more personal connections. Twitter and Instagram are as well, but to me they feel somewhat different. Like a less intimate relationship is being formed. And I suppose when I think about it, this is the nature of these networks and the reason we join them. When I receive a request on LinkedIn, I will check the person's profile to see who else they are connected to who I may know, what their professional role is and try to figure out why they are asking to connect. Sometimes it is obvious they are looking to sell something or to get hired. Yes, I myself have followed people for this very reason, but only after I've met them at least once or have been introduced by a mutual friend or colleague. Other times, I see no identifiable connection and scratch my head on their motive. In both of these instances, I hit Ignore.

In the early days of social networking I was much less discerning and connected to whoever asked. I've since decided this accomplishes nothing other than the creation of noise, which there is already enough of online. On Twitter, I've spent a fair amount of time culling the list of people I follow for this very reason. I am much more cognizant of following those like-minded people or orgs who post relevant content from which I believe I will derive value, which roughly translates to some degree of knowledge or entertainment. And yes, I'm using the same criteria to determine who I follow here on 200WaD. I am hopeful I'm being followed mostly for the same reasons.

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    @Rawhead I find LinkedIn to be weird. Maybe I'm not connected to or following the right people. I don't like the notifications. "People are looking at your profile!" --One view this week. "You appeared in 9 searches this week!" So what. I think if someone lost a job or is looking for a new job, definitely go to LinkedIn. Otherwise, I don't find there is much value for me at LinkedIn on a daily or weekly basis. On the contrast with Facebook, I might connect with someone on LinkedIn whom I know only in a professional setting. I would not necessarily connect with that person on Facebook since I consider that more "personal."

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 03, 2019 08:16:22
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      @brandonwilson I hear ya with the notifications, but LinkedIn has gotten much better at being a contender driven network and one which should not be discounted. And yes, a must for modern job hunters.

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 03, 2019 18:43:58
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    @Rawhead - well said Sir, well said.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 02, 2019 17:20:04
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      @brianball thank you Sir.

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 03, 2019 00:57:07
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