News Flash, LinkedIn is NOT a dating site
Sir, where do I start with this one!
My mates. I am disappointed and completely upset. Why? Because LinkedIn has become an online version of a New York City street.
When I joined LinkedIn, I did so because I wanted to network with other professionals and advance my career. But instead, LinkedIn has become a go-to place for guys to yell at me about my looks instead of my portfolio.
I will elaborate.
Here’s a LinkedIn message a friend of mine received last week. My friend is an attractive blonde, UCSB graduate and tech recruiter in San Francisco. She had never met or heard of this guy before, this message was completely unexpected.
Subject: Cute Smiles
What a nice smile you have here (in a nice profile) you look resplendent in such a way that it intrigues everyone who sees your profile. In fact, I was flipping through the list of my connections when I came across yours, I felt around and couldn’t resist saying hello after seeing such a unique beauty.
I sincerely apologize for writing you such a personal message as I understand this Professional Networking site prohibits it, but like I said, I couldn’t resist saying hello.
Please, would you mind to keep in touch? I would love to know more about you.
Hope to hear from you soon.
If this had been said in the workplace, it would be classified as sexual harassment.
While many of us will probably laugh, why treat a professional networking site as less professional than the workplace?
Women have worked hard and gone so far to be treated equally at work.
Now, this is not to say that women aren’t flirting with guys on LinkedIn, too. And not all men are creepy LinkedIn nerds. This is just my personal experience. However, after talking to a few friends, I KNOW this happens regularly with a lot of women.
Guys (and girls), if you find out that you want to flirt with someone, that’s fine. We all need love.
Just the next time you want to start your cyber creep, follow these instructions:
Download Coffee Meets Bagel
Troll as much as your heart can handle
Do you see how many alternatives there are? They are actually dating sites. Unlike LinkedIn. Heck, OKCupid even has a filter so you can find someone within a specific income bracket. See, it’s so much easier to keep online dating messages within an online dating site.
Unless, of course, LinkedIn has a filter for “hot woman” and “at least 8 out of 10”. Is that possibly a Premium feature?
And of course, if you want even more reliable advice, TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER! Hit a girl in person. As long as it’s friendly and fun, we love that shit!
One last little thing
So, to prove my point, I did a little experiment on my own.
By simply posting a photo of myself as a model once a day for the past 5 days, I have received over 1600 new connection requests. ALL OF MEN! My profile views increased from 200 per day to over 1000 per day. And, of course, the most disrespectful messages I’ve ever seen! It is more than deplorable. But hey, at least the chills are consistent!
Feel free to comment, good or bad.