Okay LinkedIn, knock it off

From today’s email from the friendly folks at LinkedIn: “People you know are not connected to you!” Gad-zooks! Heaven forfend!

Linked In has decided that because these people work where I work : a) I know them and b) I want to connect with them. Um, it doesn’t always work that way. Part of the charm of Linked In, I thought, was extending your networks outward…not circling them inward. Academic institutions can be inward looking on their very own…no need for social networking tools to help there. Or am I wrong?

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for 18 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and watch the Red Sox. Preferably not all at once, although that could be interesting. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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