The problem with LinkedIn from the eyes of Gen Y
Hi, my name is Deann, and I am a proud member of Generation Y. I am also (or was also?) a proud member of LinkedIn, but recently, my feelings are changing.
I am about to be twenty-six years old and I have had LinkedIn since 2008, give or take a year, and I have never experienced anything close to what I am seeing today. LinkedIn has gone from a great site to network and communicate with like-minded business contacts and transformed into a weird, blog-like Facebook hybrid.
Instead of going on a reading the latest and greatest in technology and business, I am bombarded with men hitting on me, people posting their political views, and half naked images of women are quite literally, everywhere. If I wanted to view things like this, I would be on Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr. If I wanted to find a mate, I'd be on E-Harmony. If I wanted to look at a naked individual, there are MILLIONS of sites available to me with the click of a finer. So, why is this happening so often on LinkedIn?
The only answer I can seem to wrap my head around that makes even a little sense is that fact that the LinkedIn Admins, simply do not care. They cannot, and must not. To allow this type of behavior to occur on a site that is supposed to be geared toward business and development is unheard of. I get that at a certain point, you become too big and can't review everything, but shouldn't their be safe guards in place and individuals that monitor these accounts? Is that why they sold it to Microsoft? Did they finally realize they couldn't handle the amount of traffic and needed the big guys to come take over? Fine, great, but they aren't fixing this problem either.
Generation Y is known for being the generation that asks WHY. So I am here, asking you, WHY? Why is this still happening? Why do I feel uncomfortable on a business related site? Why isn't anyone doing anything? Why aren't all of our complaints being heard? Why do I get anxious and nervous when a man messages me on LinkedIn? Why am I left searching elsewhere for answers? And finally, why am I here, on BeBee?
I am here on BeBee to try and find a better way. I want to be heard. I want to build relationships. I want to feel comfortable. I want to speak with like-minded individuals. I want MORE.
Since BeBee is the first real LinkedIn competitor, I URGE you to give them a try. See what else is out there. If you feel the way I do or similar, please take the first step and let's get back to how things should be together.
Thanks for listening!