Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Risky Business

This week in business news, the Microsoft Corporation purchased networking website LinkedIn for a cool $26 BILLION. In cash! Congratulations to LinkedIn!

Now maybe Microsoft can finally tell us all what the hell LinkedIn is for!

I opened a LinkedIn account back around 2008, when I was looking for a job. I was under the impression that it was sort of an online resume, which would allow me to network with employers and fellow job hunters all across the country.

Unfortunately all LinkedIn seems to do is send me daily emails from total strangers who want me to add them to my network. I also get several emails a week from people I've never heard of who are endorsing me or congratulating me on my new skills. I don't have any new skills! Unless you want to count regrowing ear hair a day after I trim it.

Who are all these clairvoyants who are tapping into my mind, and admiring my skill set?

How the hell does LinkedIn make money off us chumps who were dumb enough to sign up with them? That's the real question here. Apparently there's good money to be made in sending me emails that I delete without opening.

But I kid LinkedIn. They did actually help me get a single job offer about five years ago. It was an accounting position in some sort of milling plant. That was right up my alley too, seeing as I'm a graphic designer and illustrator.

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