Social Media (and Me)

Cidu Bill on Nov 30th 2012

Follow-up: Just got an e-mail from Facebook telling me 7 people tried to “friend” me on the CIDU account. Umm…

There is a CIDU page on Facebook. It was never active, but a number of CIDU regulars have tried to “friend” me there. Since there’s no “there” there, there’s not much point to that — but I’m also on Facebook as Bill Bickel, so feel free to look me up there.

Billo is on Facebook now, for those of you who know what I’m talking about.

The CJA Facebook page is where new articles and posts show up first — but that’s a moot point for now, since the CJA site will be inactive until January.

I have no idea why Google+ exists. I did sign on in order to check it out — but I don’t even remember what e-mail address and password I used, so any attempt to contact me there is futile.

I’m on LinkedIn, though I’m only vaguely clear on why. The how is that one of my cousins was in on the creation of the thing (yes, he is rich), and he set everybody up with accounts. I have very few contacts although, as managing editor of a crime magazine, I suspect I should be accumulating contacts in both the publishing and the crime fields. I keep seeing notices that “XXX now has 30 new contacts,” which is more than I have in total.

I know that’s kind of pathetic.

My understanding — since I never came across a “LinkedIn For Dummies” book, though I’m sure one exists — is that in order to get a contact, you have to contact one of your contacts and get a referral. This seems very awkward to me, and it’s hard to believe that somebody can add 30 new contacts in one day by this method.

So maybe somebody here can set me straight: it’s been my experience that collectively you guys know everything.

(Oh, and please remember that if you post here using a nickname, I’m not necessarily going to know who you are if you contact me on Facebook under your real name)

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15 Responses to “Social Media (and Me)”

  1. RyanE Nov 27th 2012 at 11:55 pm 1

    re: LinkedIn:

    If you have existing contacts, and they allow their direct (’1′) contacts to see them, if you know them, you can send an ‘InMail’, which is an invite to become their contact.

    They can either accept or reject.

    That’s about as basic as it can get, possibly stuff you already know.


  2. Cidu Bill Nov 28th 2012 at 12:15 am 2

    Of course if I know them, then presumably they’re already mt connections, right? I’m not grasping the concept of how you get NEW connections.

  3. RyanE Nov 28th 2012 at 12:56 am 3

    I wasn’t very clear, I meant that if *their* direct contact’s contacts were visible, not your own, you can then invite them.

    They’re not *your* connections until you connect (i.e. send an invite and they accept).

    Until then, they’re your 2nd’s (i.e. they’re 1 away from your 1 away).

    Getting late.

  4. Chipper Nov 28th 2012 at 08:17 am 4

    There’s a few way to get new contacts in LinkedIn. Based on your profile & current contacts LinkedIn can suggest people you may know. You can look through them & click to link to any of them, who then have to respond & accept your request. And of course other can see you & send a request to you. You can search for a person’s name. I think there are other ways as well, but don’t use it often enough to explore that. I’ve tried to use it when I see available jobs that may be good for some of my contacts, but it really hasn’t been helpful yet.

  5. Nate Nov 28th 2012 at 10:13 am 5

    I like LinkedIn because it helps me remember what the heck most of my friends do. (Generally, they type and click on things.)

  6. Jeff Nov 28th 2012 at 10:32 am 6

    Do you ever have any social media issues with “idiot” Bill Bickel, the real estate agent?

  7. Morris Keesan Nov 28th 2012 at 11:19 am 7

    I’m on LinkedIn because a friend, several years ago, sent me email asking me to join LinkedIn and become her contact (or maybe she gave LinkedIn my email address, and had them do it; I don’t remember). The way you get a contact on LinkedIn is to find their profile on LinkedIn, either because you’ve searched for them by name, or because LinkedIn suggested them to you (as Chipper says, above), or because you see their names listed as someone else’s contacts. You then click on the “invite this person to be my contact” thing, which sends them an invitation (which I think might be called an “invite”; ugh0, which they can then accept or ignore.
    Alternatively, somebody can invite you to be their contact, and you can accept that invitation if you care to.

  8. Cidu Bill Nov 28th 2012 at 01:03 pm 8

    Morris, when I try to invite somebody like that (a la Facebook), I get a message saying I first have to provide their e-mail address as an anti-spam prevention — which again means I have to already know them. There doesn’t seem to be a way around this.

  9. The Bad Seed Nov 28th 2012 at 01:35 pm 9

    I know some people love them and find them extremely useful, but I have found no useful purpose for LinkedIn and Google+, and they just seem so sterile and clunky to me. Oh, and despite falling into the “techie” category and being embarrassingly plugged in at all times, I despise Twitter and its totally disjointed system that makes it impossible for me to follow conversation threads. It just makes my brain explode.

  10. Jon Delfin Nov 28th 2012 at 04:09 pm 10

    Most of my LinkedIn invites come from one of two groups. The first is people I have an online relationship with because I subscribe to their newsletter or somesuch, and they have entered their entire mailing list into the mechanism. The second is total strangers, with whom I presumably have a LI contact in common, and, as with some Facebook users, they have hijacked their connections’ connections to spike their stats. At least, that’s my guess. Like Bill, I’m a LI bystander.

  11. Keera Nov 28th 2012 at 04:34 pm 11

    I’m on all these things and wonder why since I have neither the time nor the inclination to post on/peruse them all. Like, what’s the point of following 483 other Twitterers if you’re aren’t monitoring the feed 24/7? (Though, admittedly, I love following Big Ben. Yes, the London clock.) Oh, yeah, that’s right: Because none of my friends can be bothered to use e-mail any more. Darn it.

    All of these social networks are not really that social; well, no more social than huddling at a bar, waiting for a drink. OTOH, Facebook is a good place to collect meaningful people you already know from elsewhere.

  12. chuckers Nov 28th 2012 at 10:16 pm 12

    A lot of times on LinkedIn, I get link requests from recruiters (i.e. headhunters, aka scumbags) who I have never met but they insist they know me.

    This, in spite of specifically saying on my profile that I have NO interest in linking to people I don’t know and report them as spammers.

  13. zbicyclist Nov 30th 2012 at 01:05 pm 13

    You can just search for people (I found you first thing) and then invite them. LinkedIn will also send suggestions based on your existing contacts.

    Interestingly, you were already a third degree contact (you’re a friend of a friend of a friend). I can see who my friend is, but not your friend.

    I sent you a request; feel free to ignore it — but don’t report it as “spam”.

    I like LinkedIn because it serves as a nice Rolodex for distant contacts as they move around, and doesn’t waste time like Facebook. I don’t like to have business contacts as friends on Facebook.

    What’s amazing to me is that people “endorse” me for skills — a lot of them are high school friends who frankly have no idea whether I’m any good as what I do professionally.

  14. fj Dec 1st 2012 at 10:08 pm 14

    >>I have no idea why Google+ exists.

    I’m not totally sure how that correlates with this story:

  15. Mark in Boston Dec 1st 2012 at 10:23 pm 15

    Unfortunately I spent far too much time doing JavaScript, CSS and HTML user-interface garbage, which I’m pretty terrible at because my graphic design skills are just about zero (not to mention how messed-up and senseless those three particular languages are), and the only stuff the recruiters on LinkedIn toss at me is more JavaScript, CSS and HTML user-interface garbage.

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