I’ll be posting a column shortly about today’s announcements from Apple, but first an apology. If you received a connection request from me through LinkedIn, I probably didn’t send it. LinkedIn sent it all by itself.
Twice now I’ve been faced with a dialog on the LinkedIn network where it proposes to blanket the world with link requests on my behalf. Twice now I’ve selected NO! and from the responses I’m getting in my e-mail twice now LinkedIn has gone ahead in and sent the requests defying my express orders.
Am I the only person experiencing this?
I’m a native English speaker and pretty good at reading the language, too, so I don’t think I’m sending the requests by mistake.
Of course LinkedIn support is useless and I can’t send messages to anyone in the organization without first upgrading my account, which costs money.
So this LinkedIn fiasco is also a form of extortion, getting me to upgrade just so someone will know I have a problem.
What kind of a company is this?
Given what I do for a living I thought I’d contact someone in LinkedIn PR, but unlike every other company I know of in America, they don’t include a contact e-mail or phone number on their press releases.
I guess reporters aren’t supposed to have questions.
I don’t think I’ve been hacked, despite the social network’s loss in June of several million passwords. I’m hoping this is just a bug in the latest version of their web code.
Next step is to telephone LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Now I won’t know for sure if he’s a Whiner or a Weener when I call, but I have a good idea which. Maybe both.
I’ll let you know what happens, and again I’m sorry for all the link requests. I may have to quit LinkedIn.