Honestly, I really don’t understand the value of either of these concepts. I am told they are popular so there must be something to them, I just haven’t figured it out yet.
First, let’s look at LinkedIn. I found out about this because someone e-mailed me wanting me to be “connected” to them. Being the team player that I am, I did. Then I had the option of connecting to other people if I so desired. I guess this is some sort of pyramid scheme that is similar to the “7 degrees of Kevin Bacon”. To me, it feels like people that are either looking for another job or protecting themselves in case they are fired. Make enough “connections” and someone will surely be wowed by your awesomeness.
I have been so impressed by this concept, I am up to two connections. I don’t particularly care if someone who knows someone I know is somehow able to ”see me” through being linked together. I already know way too many people and I don’t really need to have some exponential list of needy people chasing after me. I don’t know anyone with any kind of power so being linked to me is fairly useless. Buh-Bye LinkedIn.
The next e-mail I got was about Twitter. As I understand the concept, this is kind of like text messaging in real time over your computer with the critical question being, “What are you doing?” Honest to God, who is so bored that they need to ask this question? “Gee Bob, currently I am trying to reduce my ear wax and then I intend to shave my back. Thanks for asking”. Honestly, I really don’t get it. I guess you could just e-mail me if you needed to know but Twitter seems to be the A.D.D. version of e-mail.
I think it is really supposed to work like this -
What are you doing?
Nuthin. Day sux.
Tru dat. Almost 5.
Kewl. Twit later.
Wow. Now I can see why millions of people would sign up for such a revolutionary service. Just typing this mock conversation has truly changed my day for the better. Somehow, sharing my dull, boring work-life with someone else’s dull and boring work-life would definitely be an awesome event.
I am sorry that I am not much of a partner in either of these endeavours. Of course, if you were one of the people adding me to your list you were obviously very desperate in the first place. I suggest you consider running with a better crowd in the future. Twit you later!