Sure, LinkedIn Is Stuffy, But So What?

Posted on December 7, 2012. Filed under: social media | Tags: |

LinkedInIn a recent blog post, I posed the question, Is LinkedIn Too Stuffy? In that article, I shared some thoughts from a colleague of mine who liked the more corporate feel that LinkedIn provides while giving some of my own thoughts on the issue. Overall, I felt that LinkedIn has some great features and opportunities, especially from the career networking and social recruiting side, but it generally wasn’t an enjoyable place to hang out, kind of like a never-ending meeting, if you will. You might learn something, even meet some helpful people, but it isn’t somewhere you really like to be or are comfortable in. In other words, you find yourself asking, “Is it 5 o’clock yet?”

I had several responses to this post, which not surprisingly varied from one end of the spectrum “I hate LinkedIn” to the other “I love LinkedIn”.

At the end of the day, I was reminded that LinkedIn is just one social media tool, a very popular one for sure (many people who don’t really “do” social media at least have LI profiles these days), which has its advantages and disadvantages like any other.

I was also reminded that there is a certain comfort to be found in the atmosphere.

Because it does mimic a real-life corporate event, the “rules” are easier to pick up. And most of your workplace etiquette can be applied there.

So, is that a bad thing? Of course not.

Many of the people who commented on my article, either here on the blog or on Twitter, certainly did not think so. They like that structure because they know it so well, whereas Twitter and Facebook are not so “corporate” and thus leave a lot of gray area in terms of interaction and etiquette.

But even still, I can’t help it.

I just don’t like feeling like I am stuck in a cubicle when I am engaging in social media.

I don’t want all my discussions to sound like corporate mixers and mini informational interviews. I don’t want to listen to people pontificate, and I don’t want to pontificate.

And I predict that as people become more comfortable with social media, they won’t want to put up with it as much either.

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3 Responses to “Sure, LinkedIn Is Stuffy, But So What?”

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you read my min, that’s exactly why I created http://splinter.me

I agree with you on the whole cubicle feel. I feel obligated to answer emails too, even the blatant Spam ones for some reason only while logged at at Linked In.

I don’t feel obligated anywhere I network. LinkedIn is terrific if your business is both local and online. It affords you the chance to connect with someone either after or before you meet in person.

Valuable content you shared. Thanks.


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