Is it just me, or is LinkedIn doing a bit of a a Twitter?
To my mind, one of the most useful functions of LinkedIn is the ability to ask questions and receive answers from a fairly wide pool of people, with a fairly broad range of experience. This is, as far as I can see, the whole ‘social media – an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations’ thing actually in action, actually working.
Only it’s not.
In the last couple of days, I’ve asked a couple of questions, and I’ve answered a couple of questions. What I tend to do – and forgive me, this is all based on personal experience, an ‘opinion piece’, if you will – is read the other answers to the question and see if I can add anything further, or enter into debate with the other answerers. Because I’m actually interested, I will then re-visit the question later, to see if anyone has posted anything else, that might add to my thinking.
Unfortunately, others don’t seem to have the same MO. I read the answers to one question and everyone – but everyone – was saying the same thing (OK, maybe there was only one answer) – but without referencing any of the other answers. I checked the threads for a couple more questions. More of the same. It appears that very few people are engaging in ‘meaningful conversations’ or entering into debate – in fact they’re not actually listening to others at all.
This could be the first signs of the Twitterisation of LinkedIn – where it gradually morphs into a place for people to state their points of view, communicate their feelings or their whereabouts, shout their messages – without actually taking into account what others are saying.
Millions of people engaged in one-sided communication, networking in isolation and kidding themselves that they’ve cracked the whole social media conundrum.