Last week I posted about LinkedIn & Twitter and got a very interesting comment from Charlie PA TPK:
I have to wonder about the direction LinkedIn is heading with these enhancements.
I am very protective about my online identity, so much so I use a pseudonym (as in this post) when I make my observations on policies, products and services.
When LinkedIn added photos, my initial thought was ‘Gee, just like MySpace and Facebook’. Now I see Twitter hooks.
When does a serious, employment-related social networking service end and another time-suck service (ala Facebook, Twitter) begin? I am not suggesting that LinkedIn has reached that point yet, but every time there’s a new hook like this, it moves closer.
This much I know: the day one of my LI contacts ‘pokes’ me will be my last on LI.
So, what should LinkedIn do? I’ve heard comments like:
- Facebook is trying to become more like Twitter,
- LinkedIn is trying to become more like Facebook,
- Twitter is trying to become more like Friendfeed….
Should each social network just be themselves? I’m afraid I don’t see that happening – when one scores a grand slam with a feature, the others are sure to follow… and if that keeps up then eventually they’ll ALL look like one another.
I can’t imagine Facebook losing all of it’s “fun” “social” flavor and becoming more boring like LinkedIn (I mean that in a good way).
I can’t imaging Twitter adding all the stuff Facebook has – one reason Twitter was so succesful was because of the simplicity.
We have seen LinkedIn adopt many social features … the question will be, how far will they go?
My contacts on LinkedIn are different than my contacts on Facebook and/or Twitter. I don’t care to have the same functionality with my LinkedIn contacts as I do on Facebook – do you?
I’m not privvy to any LinkedIn product design meetings – that would really be quite interesting. But I doubt they are going to aggressively pursue all of the fun stuff you see in other networking platforms… they seem to be very respectful to their users and want to add value to the process of finding and being found… not to connect everyone from 12 to 92 years of age.
What do you think? Do you think you’ll walk away from LinkedIn if they add certain features (like Charlie says)?