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I've added this to the tail of my post as an edit.
Here's how you can add a little note the next time you send a request:
Thanks for your note Craig. I agree that LinkedIn has injected its fair share of 'accelerated network growth' hormones into the algorithm by introducing skill and contact recommendations in a more aggressive way.
Yes, there is a way to ensure when you send a request, you add a little note:
That said, I think I've just gone and proven, in the process of a user journey, how nearly impossible they have made it for those with little or no time to explore these routes.
Hope it helps. It's getting really tough to cut through the social media fat but we need to keep it all in check by sharing our issues and identifying ways to improve 'quality engagement'.
If we could go back in time to a day when even the cell phone was a non-entity, we would be back there when social meant physical gatherings, not google hangouts. Your concern is not only valid, it reflects the thoughts of many who are today faced with the dilemna of how to contain this rapidly expanding movement.
Your thoughts hit a fundamental we should keep at the core of our decisions today. No matter where you turn, social/digital is fast becoming a central element, even when we go shopping for tomatos and milk. Keeping the reality of things in context always keeps us in touch with our essence. I think this also touches on the concept of Future Shock (Alvin Toffler), where technology outpaces our ability to keep up. It gets especially scary when our future generations are barely holding on, and still struggling with their own competitive need to stay on top.
I wish you good luck and look forward to hearing your experiences about how things turn out in time, espeecially with conscious decisions you make today to contain things for yourself and your daughter.
If i may recommend, disconnect from the world and go on a camping trip away from anything tech. Take your loved ones and leave a post on FB, G+ and Twtter saying "Currently disconnected from digital; back after we realign" - maybe it will inspire others in your network :)
Thanks for your positive feedback. You're talking perfect sense, especially with respect to limitation of resources. I've been in roles where I was alone, running a multitude of sites, and then others where I had a team of resources to depute to. What I learnt was that your attention is needed either way, whether you are operations + strategy or just the latter.
when approached by community members to help build their social presence, my advice is always to learn the work I do for them so they can sustain without my involvement because I am a believer in organic strategies, the kind we keep human-first approach with. What I mean is, our audiences are not just numbers, rather they represent individuals with feelings, likes, dislikes, opinions. It's important our social presence reflects that across, so quality over quantity any day.
Have a good one.
Thanks for your comment. I couldn't agree with you more. Although my article's focus was on the selective process we should apply when choosing platforms for social presence, the mix between offline and online is like yin and yang for any outward facing business/product/individual.
I always tell my audiences that the offline is a prerequisite for the online - also helps us remember we are uman at the end of the day, not binary numbers.
Please give my new article a read and share your thoughts > http://socialmediatoday.com/jjbaybee/1430796/targeted-advertising
I love the stuff this woman talks about, in person or online - she's at the heart of it all and gets it. On point, Pam!