December 3, 2009 @ 12:20 pm by sean
I’m LinkedIn, now can someone explain the point? In the past year I’ve accepted friends networks, that’s it. The “connections I might know,” however, it quintessential internet creepyness. Today, LinkedIn suggested I might know Paul Snyder, president at Four Star Wire and Cable. A search of him reveals that we a greater than third degree connection, and though I can’t see his connections, he only has three so we probably aren’t connected at all. But you’re darned right, LinkedIn, I do know Paul Snyder, that specific Paul Snyder. Yet, I haven’t talked to Paul Snyder in probably eight years, maybe more. And I know him only on the basis that we were both drummers at the church I attended in middle school and high school. Most of my connections are in Illinois, I’m assuming most of his (3) are in Michigan. He’s my parents ago. So how’d you know it, LinkedIn? In the same round of suggestions, it also thought I might know Kelly Hile. Again, a greater than third degree connection, only has four connections herself. But Kelly Hile also happens to be one of my favorite people in the world, since she lives in Saint Louis (where her four connections probably are), however, and I in Illinois and now Michigan and am not good at keeping contact over physical distance, don’t talk to her often. Two emails a year, we’ll say, I haven’t seen her in probably two. Yet LinkedIn fancies I know her.
Facebook once suggested that I knew my childhood friend-from-across-the-street’s mom before it suggested I knew him. But this is the across the street I grew up at, and the summer after fifth grade they moved four and a half hours north, and at the time of suggestion I was living in Elgin – six hours away from either where I grew up or where they now lived – and my friend was actually living 15 minutes away in Algonquin, though we weren’t friends on facebook, nor had we spoken for the microphones all around us to pick up our conversation, nor communicated by email in a few years for the internet trolling spy software to log and send to facebook.
Going through lists of friend’s friends both on facebook and LinkedIn I see person after person I know well but just don’t care to add, so we aren’t they suggesting people such as them? Why do they have to prove how creepy they are, and to what extent they have our lives documented? You know I already know them, stop pretending you don’t by adding to the list other people I actually don’t know to pull the wool over my eyes. Since you already know who I know, save me the effort and just connect us all and let me do the deleting of people I don’t want to connect with.