Monday, June 8, 2015

LinkedIn Posts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?

I gave up using Facebook a long time ago. Then used Google+ daily for a while, but also grew tired of it and so—for the last two years—I have been using LinkedIn exclusively. I've made some great industry contacts, and enjoy reading some of the posts, as well as the photos and inspirational messages members share.

But every so often, I see posts that lead to head scratching. Having said that, no one has conferred the title of LinkedIn Post Critic on me, so I simply ignore such posts, and I keep my opinions to myself.

Since I am a gearhead, I love good pictures of interesting automobiles, and will usually "like" or comment on the ones that capture my attention. Here are some examples:

A classic Ferrari. What's not to love!

A restomod C1 Corvette. Everyone would love to have one of these in their garage.

Now this is one classy race car transporter!

But then there are the "questionable" images. Quotes attributed to the wrong person, or—most-likely—fake quotes, such as this one:

I had no idea that Bill Gates had issues with his command of the English language: "If you born poor"? Seriously? Anyway, if you have a credible source for this one, please share.

Then there's this quote from none other than Mark Twain... allegedly.

I totally fail to see the point of the photo chosen to illustrate this quote because, if these women were to get in trouble with the law, I am sure they'd be disappointed and most likely regret it, for a long time.

And then there are the just plain silly posts with questions such as these:

Don't worry; you don't need to dilate your pupils for the following eye test.

I am horrible at math, so I won't even try to solve this problem.

However, it is apparent that there are a LOT of  geniuses on LinkedIn (or at least people who think they are), based on the number of comments. I have no idea how many got it right.

Like I said before, I scan posts and simply ignore what doesn't catch my eye.

Some people get really irritated by these types of posts, and they flame those who do. "These types of posts do not belong on LinkedIn," or "LinkedIn is not Facebook," they say. To each his own.

At the end of the day, all these services are social networks, of one sort or another, so might as well get along with as many people as possible.