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In the Sunday Times, to which The Girlfriend subscribes and of which I am now in the habit of at least browsing every section, a business columnist has strong words for those who take their LinkedIn use to excess:

But some people end up erecting professional networks larger than the populations of some small developing nations. Can these LinkedIn megalomaniacs really know hundreds upon hundreds of people so well that they’d be willing to put their reputations on the line and vouch for their entire network’s professional competency?

One cannot help imagining the rise of a LinkedIn Hitler or Stalin, drawing in thousands of followers eager to be a node in a charismatic leader’s network — and then the purges begin. The lucky ones are completely excluded; others find themselves banished to MySpace.

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October 18, 2009 - Posted by | innovative technologies that shape our lives

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