Two weeks ago, I signed up for LinkedIn only to discover that 1026 of my closest friends had beaten me to it. I’m an adult. I will be a part of this system. I’ve never been so fashionably late.
Worse: I noticed that my grandpa already had an account.
To give you an idea of what that meant, a month ago, he asked me over for help with computer issues. Specifically, it wouldn’t turn on. After a few moments of observing him in his unnatural habitat, I helpfully suggested he consult the button located on the computer rather than the monitor.
If he had a LinkedIn account, I was so far beyond early adopter I figured it was time to start looking into what’s cool/hip/fresh these days/what the grandpas are into.
After a bit of investigation – that included a very confusing conversation in which I was told ‘I have not given out that kind of information to or for anyone’ (so why did you make a LinkedIn account???) – we reached the conclusion that the account was not genuine.* The world made sense again.
Then, I had a short conversation with a family friend. The friend in question is of the same generation as my grandfather, and while she is known to watch The Daily Show, she is still not the kind of person I expect to be doing things like social networking over the interweb.**
I will replicate the conversation that ensued to the best of my ability:
Family friend: So, I see you got LinkedIn. Me: Yes, I just signed up for it. FF: Oh. I’ve been thinking about getting rid of my profile. FF: They send me so many emails, and I just want them to stop. Me: Sounds easy, I’m sure there’s a way to do it on their website. FF: I’ve looked… Me: OK, well, you could also just use a filter in your email to automatically delete or archive emails coming from LinkedIn. That’s what I did after I got my third LinkedIn email. FF: Sounds like a great idea. How do you do it? Me: It’s usually pretty easy. What email provider do you use – gmail? Yahoo? FF: Hotmail. Me: Well, I don’t use hotmail, so I can’t tell you off the top of my head exactly how to do it, but [I described a likely way to do it] if you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to take a look and see what I can do to help. FF: Sounds great. But how will we get in touch? Me: I dunno. How about through LinkedIn?
Still, though. I have no idea what this website is for.
*points for Twitter
**Yes, I’m a terrible ageist