My real vision for Social Networking 2.0 is when people actually get together for dinner and/or drinks. Nobody is allowed to bring their phones either. I realize this vision isn’t always practical, so I’m proposing some changes to how these sights handle linking requests.
I’ll admit I’m not a huge social networking guy. I don’t have much use for Facebook, Twitter, etc. I do, however, have a LinkedIn account. I’m linked to various ex-coworkers. I often get requests from either people I don’t know or didn’t really like.
When I worked for the Boise-based Memory Manufacturer(BBMM), I had an extremely abusive boss. He’s the reason that I volunteered for the severance package. I had two other co-workers also leave because of this guy.
I recently received a LinkedIn request from this guy. It was written like we were old-friends. We had more of a perpetrator/victim relationship, but we weren’t friends. I stared at the email for a good 15 minutes. I hadn’t thought about him in a couple of years. I started having flashbacks of all the bad things he did.
With this I’m proposing some new buttons to decline requests:
“I have no idea who you are”
“Hell no!, not even if you paid me”
“I’d rather dry-shave my ass”
I’ll just delete his request. I still can’t help but wonder what he wants. It’s been nearly four years since I left and he’s suddenly trying to make contact. I want no part of it.