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    Somewhat Purple-ish rhino's Avatar

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    LinkedIn - Weird Experience

    Some of you be regular users of LinkedIn. I joined last August in order to facilitate my job search after my then-impending layoff was announced. Fast forward to today and I am still using it on a daily basis to network and search for jobs.

    So today get a connection request from someone named "Aliyah." (last name redacted). I've been responding to a lot of postings in the feed and getting likes and connection requests frequently, so I didn't think anything about it. Unless I have a reason to deny a connection, I usually accept.

    Right after I accepted the connection, I started getting messages that were . . . odd. Here is a transcript of the exchanges:

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    NEW CONNECTION 1:43 PM: Hello
    Hope you having a great day ?


    rhino 1:47 PM: I am, thank you! The same to you.


    NEW CONNECTION 1:49 PM: Thanks
    What you doing today if you donít mind me asking ?


    rhino 1:52 PM: I just had a phone interview and I was working on an application for another job. And checking LinkedIn!


    NEW CONNECTION 1:52 PM: Congratulations!
    Are you single if you donít mind me asking you ?


    rhino 1:52 PM: Thank you

    rhino 1:54 PM: Actually, I'm not interested in discussing personal information like that with people I don't know, especially on a site that I use for employment matters only.


    NEW CONNECTION 1:54 PM: I understand
    Well If you donít mind I will like to be a friend


    rhino 1:56 PM: I'm not sure what that entails, but I hope you understand that I'm not on LinkedIn for social interaction.


    NEW CONNECTION 1:57 PM: Definitely
    So can we be friend ?


    rhino 2:00 PM: Thank you for your interest. If you mean friend in the sense of cordial interactions in business and career postings in the LinkedIn feed, where people can like and comment on messages and articles, sure. Anything beyond that I am unable to offer.

    NEW CONNECTION 2:15 PM: Thanks

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    After that, I removed the connection. Before that happened, a message to congratulate her on her new position as "Chief Executive Officer at Opening Doors for Working Woman (CEO)" appeared in my feed. Is "working woman" a thinly veiled reference to "I'm a hooker looking for opportunities on LinkedIn"?

    Very weird and uncomfortable!



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    Itís a trap.
    VUPDblue's Rule #1: Don't be a jerk.

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    Somewhat Purple-ish rhino's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by VUPDblue View Post
    Itís a trap.
    Which I deftly side-stepped!



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    Sounds like a pretty normal social media interaction to me.

    They are all full of spammers, scammers, bots, and weirdos. Unlike you, I don't accept any invitation unless I am expecting it, know the person, or am reasonably certain I WANT to know the person. I get recruiter requests almost weekly, and ignore the majority of them. Oddball names, from oddball countries, are ignored. Even if legit, I don't have much interest in networking with some random IT person from Ghana.
    Ryan "ElDirector"


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    She thinks your hot and wants to be your "work spouse". wink
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    Grandmaster Sylvain's Avatar

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    You should have said you were single and willing to meet in some dark alleyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino View Post
    .......Very weird and uncomfortable!
    That costs extra.
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    And seriously, where are those testicles being served? I want to just shove a handful into my mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldirector View Post
    Sounds like a pretty normal social media interaction to me.

    They are all full of spammers, scammers, bots, and weirdos. Unlike you, I don't accept any invitation unless I am expecting it, know the person, or am reasonably certain I WANT to know the person. I get recruiter requests almost weekly, and ignore the majority of them. Oddball names, from oddball countries, are ignored. Even if legit, I don't have much interest in networking with some random IT person from Ghana.
    I am naive. LinkedIn is my first experience with anything like that, as I have purposely avoided stupid things like the Facebook. I didn't want to join LinkedIn, but my former boss told me that I should, and she was right. It has helped.

    I'm probably going to be more selective. I had a guy trying to interest me in crypto currency based on legal cannabis sales, but I told him right away I was not interested and then removed the connection. I'm still trying to build a bigger network, but I need to more carefully scrutinize the available details.



    Quote Originally Posted by KittySlayer View Post
    She thinks your hot and wants to be your "work spouse". wink
    Well, she was right, I am, and who wouldn't?



    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvain View Post
    You should have said you were single and willing to meet in some dark alleyway.
    I'm not a creepy French dude!


    Quote Originally Posted by printcraft View Post
    That costs extra.
    Hush, you!



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    Quote Originally Posted by eldirector View Post
    Sounds like a pretty normal social media interaction to me.

    They are all full of spammers, scammers, bots, and weirdos. Unlike you, I don't accept any invitation unless I am expecting it, know the person, or am reasonably certain I WANT to know the person. I get recruiter requests almost weekly, and ignore the majority of them. Oddball names, from oddball countries, are ignored. Even if legit, I don't have much interest in networking with some random IT person from Ghana.
    ^^^This.^^^ At first I would thank them for their interest and politely tell them that I was happy with my current employment. Now they get marked as spam and away they go.

    ETA: These come in through my email, and not LinkedIn.

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    Yes I am for gun control!! A firm grip, steady aim, and a gentle squeeze!!

    What comes after your first "infraction"? Double Secret Probation perhaps???

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