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The Social Networking Madness has to stop!

Posted by rbpasker on December 30, 2007

This social networking thing is getting out of hand.

Over the past week:

  • I have been inundated with dozens of requests to join Spock. A few months ago, I also deleted my accounts from Friendster, Hi5, Orkut, and various others, and I’m not going to join another Social Network without a good reason.
  • People I have met in a work situation, and with whom I have never shared a meal, a cocktail, or a social conversation, are asking to add me on Facebook
  • People who I don’t know at all are sending me LinkedIn and Facebook requests.
  • People who have metaphorically dropped me off their Christmas card list are inviting me to add on Facebook

    It has got to stop.

    From now on, LinkedIn is for work, and Facebook is for play.

    And I’m only adding people to those networks if I actually have some connection with them.

    Therefore, I am unceremoniously dropping people off Facebook who I know only through work, and sending them LinkedIn requests if I don’t already have them on there. I deeply value my work relationships, and fully intend to continue using LinkedIn to interact with them; but neither they nor I need to have the same level of disclosure about our respective private lives as we do with the people we socialize with.

    I am also dropping “friends” off Facebook who for some reason have stopped calling, writing, inviting, or responding. The easiest way to reverse this is to invite me out for a beer 🙂

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