find your ex-colleagues
So LinkedIn sent me an email suggesting I tell it about more of my past jobs so I could connect with more of my ex-colleagues. I started fairly honestly, but only two other University employees are members of LinkedIn, and none of those nursing homes and museums I worked summers in seem to have gotten into the online social networking thing, so it became obvious I would have to be more original. I tried Google. Sure, plenty of “colleagues”, but noone I knew. I tried various newspapers (my job title? easy: “reader”) but had more fun once I declared myself as a “devotee” at a company named “The Internet”. I have lots of colleagues. Several owners, a few founders, and then the bores, the “managing directors” and “consultants”. Unfortunately, just as I was about to mass-invite them all to be my “friends”, LinkedIn churlishly told me it wouldn’t send out the invitations to my colleagues in “The Internet” without my telling it their email addresses. And of course I don’t have them.
Maybe it’s just as well. There are other things I could be doing with my time.