Linkedin, You Tell Me…

April 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm 13 comments

Sigh, Linkedin Taxonomy...

The past few days I have been on a Linkedin spree. Having been remiss in updating my contacts, I finally went on the site and started adding away. Unlike Facebook, it’s imperative that you indicate how you know the person. While I get the logic of that, it’s just not working for me.

To illustrate this, I will use the example of my relationship with the fantastic Rob Cottingham of Social Signal (who received the request below and suggested I write a post on the subject). Rob writes for One Degree, and so do I. For months I saw and laughed at/with his cartoons about social media and read the Social Signal blog. In January of this year, I attended an event at HTCE at which he spoke and I introduced myself. The next month I saw him at Northern Voice where we chatted again. This month, I moderated a panel he was on.

So… er, “Other”, I guess …

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‘Kay. I go through this process without about 50% of the people I know – we see each other frequently at events, have a good relationship online and off (though we don’t call each other to “hang” – and so the term “Friend” seems a bit presumptuous of me outside of Facebook). And so, out of desperation, I am forced to go with “Organization” and list the first event I met them at. Or the more vague, “Other”…

Anyone else experiencing this?

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jenn  |  April 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Yes, I’ve been in this position lots of times…they should add a ‘Business Acquaintance’ option.

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  • 2. monicahamburg  |  April 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks, Jenn. Good to know I’m not alone.

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  • 3. Rob Cottingham  |  April 7, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    So in an ideal world, here’s the menu:

    – Personal friend
    – Family member
    – Colleague
    – Business friend
    – Partner (you’ve done business together)
    – Members of an organization
    – Blogging buddy
    – Creepy high school acquaintance
    – Can’t remember, too embarrassed to admit it
    – Got drunk together at conference, messed around, not sure how far it went
    – Got drunk together at conference, messed around, absolutely horrifically certain how far it went
    – Someone who was willing to Digg my blog post
    – Frequent teammate in flame wars
    – Let’s face it, I don’t know them… but they’d be one hell of a trophy friend

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  • 4. monicahamburg  |  April 8, 2008 at 7:02 am

    I like! That covers most🙂

    “The can’t remember, too embarrassed to admit it” might be a way the person could peg them on the other end. I just got one the other day – have no idea if I know the person too embarrassed to ask (I am terrible with names).

    I’d also add the following category: “I think this person is strange, but my friends are OK with him/her, so maybe it’s me… I guess I’ll accept.

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  • 5. Kate Trgovac  |  April 11, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I would also add under “Partner”:

    – Partner (we’ve done BIZNASS together)

    Seriously though, I went through this exact same dilemma the other day – on both the giving and receiving ends. I got a request from someone who said they are a “colleague” .. which isn’t really accurate. Plus I had to do the ol’ “Other” to someone else.

    Ugh.

    Great post!

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  • 6. Des Walsh  |  April 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Well caught! That is a terrible piece of design. Rob’s list is great although it does bring back some less than comfortable memories – and some quite hilarious in retrospect.

    But back to the point: if you have a valid email for the person, the trick is to choose Other – which then allows you to enter their email and send the invitation, with or without a personal note (as one who gets and generally ignores lots of boilerplate invites to connect on LI, I strongly recommend a personal note).

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  • 7. monicahamburg  |  April 11, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you, Kate & Des. Good to hear you are both experiencing this! (Misery loves company). Kate, like your suggestion😉 and Des, I’m with you – I tend to send the email. You’re right, adding a personal note is a great idea – and one that I haven’t implemented enough. I have been avoiding that a bit, ’cause I figure if they don’t know who I am we shouldn’t be Linkedin contacts. But then again, as I mentioned before, I’m bad with names – perhaps I should assume others can be…

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