Linked-in is brilliant. You can keep your online resume up for the world to see. You can link with new people and old people. It is a smart business tool and my guess is it will get even better for different stages of people’s lives from college to volunteerism to retirement. I would guess that the majority of people who read this blog have a Linked-in profile.
Facebook is a different model that is skewed towards your social life. I understand them both and they are no doubt the foundation of our times.
Here is the thing. I have a Facebook page but I never use it. I have one to so I can see how companies we are involved with use the platform. I have a Linked-in account for basically the same reasons. I pretty much let anyone be my friend or connect to me. As long as it does not flood my email box it is fine. It doesn’t because I have set it up this way.
If you want to talk to me or reach out to me then email me. I do not want to answer requests from Linked-in. I am pretty public because I blog daily. My email is on my site. I answer those requests. Once in a blue moon I will answer a Linked-in request but rarely. I have taken to ignoring them. If you really want to get in from of my eyeballs then email me directly. Otherwise, you won’t be getting a response. And one more thing…I love Twitter but sending me a direct message with a request won’t get a response either.