Linked In Or Out?
It's like you wrote that straight out of my brain. After having LinkedIn deemed necessary by Yet Another Recruiter the other day, I signed up last week... and it felt terrible. I've resisted the reeking phoniness of Facebook et al, despite being ironically ridiculed by damned near everyone I know, since the start of this appalling revolution in social networking, and now I'm conscientiously signing up to a site that uses the term "Action Items" in its navigation menu? Naturally, since I signed up, a cavalcade of people with names I vaguely remember from my working past suddenly want to be my "friend" without being my friend. I grit my teeth and acquiesce, because more connections make me look good.
So, I did it, but it's about as sincere as spooning with a hooker. I'm dead-certain that myself and the parent poster aren't the only two who have signed up for the same reasons, and I can easily imagine that the eventual backlash against LinkedIn will arise from an increasing number of users who are there due to professional compulsion and have zero interest in any of its God-damned "Action Items."
Spam Flood Unabated After Bust
Might I suggest doing business with spammers a crime instead?
No joke, why not chase down those that utilize these networks and prosecute them?
Because the first time... the VERY FIRST TIME... someone is charged with doing business with a spammer, the media will turn that person into an innocent victim who's being railroaded by an overzealous legal system. There is absolutely no way in this universe that attacking those who patronize spammers will do anything but unleash a cavalcade of tearful support for the "victims." It happens all the time in the Nigerian scams... despite having thrown $200,000 down the toilet out of pure stupidity and greed, the gullible morons are still presented as being kind, typical people who are taken for a ride by an evil scammer, and the conclusion tends to be... it could happen to anyone. Anyone with an IQ of about 75, that is.
Punishing the "victims" will absolutely not work in this world where personal accountability is head-first down a well.