LINKED IN? OR LINKED OUT?

I am now a full-fledged member of the LinkedIn community and can express my feelings toward this experience simply as: "CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO SHUT THE DAMN THING OFF?" What started as a nice experience – connecting with a few people I had lost track of and wanted to reconnect with – has turned into something akin to a crack addiction. I don’t want to use it, but I can’t seem to stop!

It’s destroying my life.

Everyday, I get literally dozens of requests to connect, and I am guilty of sending the same. And there we all go posting updates, posting news, touting ourselves and so on and so on.

Now, LinkedIn has gotten a hold of me and they are constantly emailing me about this, that and the other thing. Probably because they know I am an LI addict. They want me to get my news from them, use their calendar, see who is checking out my profile, take advantage of special offers and update my information. What was once a good utility has become an overwhelming chore to manage. And I hear the same complaints from so many people.

I am not sure why the tendency of sites like LinkedIn and others is to create more content and more emails and more offers. If anything, I wish they spent more time on creating more filtering tools.

Unfortunately, it’s very reflective of a lot of these social tools. Once you get involved, it’s nearly impossible to filter out the content. What we need are tools to help us filter and target, not ones that expose us to more content. As I have said in my previous blogs, there is so little original and value-add content out there and the types of social media tools that are out there only encourage people to post more erroneous, non-targeted content. And, by the way, I am also guilty as charged.

So my message to LinkedIn is please give us the tools to share less, but better. Shut down the barrage of e-mails. Make it harder, not easier and maybe addicts like me will not be so inclined to abuse this once valuable tool.

Are you having the same experience on LinkedIn? What would you like to see more of and what do you think should be filtered out?