Famous Last Words: Never Trust the Media!
I am asked all the time by all kinds of people to be a LinkedIn buddy. My canned reply:
Many thanx for thinking of me as a LinkedIn connection. Am honored.
I am into this LinkedIn thing by accident—having once been unpaid kibitzer to the publisher of a directory, which got me free listing in this LinkedIn thing and it won't go away.
Alas, I do not understand what LinkedIn is, or how it works, or what it is supposed to do, so I simply do not
deal with it.
So let me take a pass.
If this makes me a Luddite, so be it.
Thanx again for thinking of me.
The same goes for Facebook, which has come under serious fire for invading people's privacy and turning their lives and photographs into an open book.
My life is already an open book. You can go to www.dennyhatch.com and www.businesscommonsense.com to find close to 1 million words on every conceivable subject. And unlike many people on the Internet who keep their e-mail addresses a secret, I'm reachable 24/7 wherever I am in the world. And I answer all non-spam, personal messages.
So what's my beef? Control. Here's one example. Let's say a Facebook or LinkedIn buddy does a Bernie Madoff or murders a spouse. Suddenly my name is associated with a swindler or a killer, and the media is all over me like a cheap suit asking about the connection: What do I know about this character and do I have a statement? Suddenly my life is out of my control and in the gutter. Thanks, but no thanks.
My sense is that anybody playing the LinkedIn or Facebook game is looking for trouble. And God knows what photograph will be dredged up making me look despicable.