October 3rd, 2006  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

Three social-networking-related things this week:

  1. I got an invitation to join LinkedIn, which is a business-oriented social networking site.

  2. Someone I haven’t seen in a few years joined a group I started on flickr.

  3. I got a spam from Orkut, which reminded me of Orkut after a long period of having forgotten all about it, as well as a smattering of other social network sites I joined and forgot about.

Items one and two are related because they both seem useful: Folks with some goal in mind (sharing pictures, getting a job, looking for people who want a job) get connected and the site makes that happen.

Item three is about what social networking sites I joined for no real purpose or reason have become: an unwelcome source of spam and “we’re still alive!” messages. It’s kind of like going to a party where you don’t know anybody and not being the kind of person who’ll just elbow into a circle and participate, I guess. The item 3 networks tell me that even with my limited pool of direct contacts, I’m indirectly linked to tens of thousands of people, but what am I gonna do? Drop a mail to someone else’s contact and say “Hey! You’re Jed Grubb’s friend! I’m also Jed Grubb’s friend! Let’s send mail to each other about … stuff!”

That ain’t me.

So I deleted my Orkut account and the 300,000+ opportunities I had to get to know friends twice removed. I think I still exist on Friendster (just checked … I do) and god knows how many pseudonyms I set up on LiveJournal.


  1. Kevin Reichard says:

    October 3rd, 2006 at 12:22 pm (#)

    you’ll find LinkedIn to be a waste of time. Been a member for over a year now; haven’t had one useful interchange through it.

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