Has LinkedIn gone to the dogs?
I just accepted a LinkedIn request with a dog. Has LinkedIn finally succumbed to the noise of the Internet. Cat Videos. Twitter Trolls. FakeNews and Dogs on LinkedIn.
I've always been a fan of LinkedIn. I still am. But it is moving into the world of the social network. The world of FakeNews and Cat Videos.
2 million cat videos on YouTube now:
Some excerpts from this article:
- Cat videos receive an average of 12,000 views per video on YouTube (Tweet this)
- There have been around 2 million cat videos posted to YouTube (Tweet this).
- Thomas Edison’s ‘Boxing Cats’ is believed to be the first ever cat video (Tweet this).
- The first cat video was posted to YouTube on May 9th, 2006 (Tweet this).
- Box-obsessed Maru is the most popular cat on YouTube, with 270+M views (Tweet this)
- Cat videos are celebrated with their own Internet Cat Video Film Festival (Tweet this)
- Legendary cat video star Keyboard Cat’s real name was Fatso – he died in 1997 (Tweet this).
- The most popular cat video ever on YouTube is Nyan Cat, with 114M views (Tweet this).
Pretty scary stuff. From collective intelligence to collective stupidity - is the plight of the web right now.
But YouTube has never pretended to be anything but entertainment, and us humans seem to enjoy Cat Videos like crazy.
LinkedIn on the other-hand has always touted to be more than just a social network. It is an online resume, a professional network with micro communities built in. It is a recruitment tool, a CRM and a place to say Happy Birthday to people you worked with and some you never have met. It is a great place to stay connected with your peers.
But now I am accepting invites from a Dog, albeit a Dog from one of my connections. I accepted this invite because - I thought it was kind of funny. But it occurred to me that I should at least write a letter to LinkedIn. I am concerned.
Social networks have had their day. Do not take that path. It is the path of Dogs and Cats and ...noise.