I got a note from one Laura McPherson telling me that I'd made her list of the top 50 criminal law blogs (at lucky number 13, no less). Zowie! And she thought it would be just peachy if I advertised that with a link to her list.
Doug Berman, who took first place, promptly did. I didn't then, and if you'll notice, I'm not doing it now, though it's not that hard to find if you're curious, and I'm sure Doug isn't the only one who bit.
Then I got a repeat request from marketer Viviana Shafrin who figures that her last e-mail must have gone into my spam folder because I didn't just jump at using (and linking to) the infographic her folks have made about whatever it was.
And then I got a request to link to someone on LinkedIn.
Now, I have a LinkedIn account complete with secret decoder ring. I keep the information on it pretty much up-to-date because I'd prefer there not be a lot of false information that I'm responsible for on the web (can't help the false info I'm not responsible for). It's the same reason I keep the stuff on AVVO up to date (I'm a Superior 10.0 if you've been wondering). I signed up with those folks for their free accounts when I went back into private practice after my gig as ACLU of Ohio Legal Director. I figured they'd be good for business and I wouldn't do the pay versions so what the hell. (An aside - they proved themselves absolutely worthless, at least for the kind of business I was interested in.)
Anyhow, keeping the data roughly up-to-date is essentially all I do with those sites. But with LinkedIn, at least, there's always more. Because there are all these requests to link to so and so. And my policy has always been something like, What the hell?
If I can figure out who you are, and I don't hate you, what do I care if we're somehow linked? Except I got this Link-to-Me request from Guy Barone, who I actually know, and would have, were it two days ago, accepted. But it wasn't two days ago. Because there'd just been these e-mails from Viviana and from Laura. And this very strange letter telling me how wonderful a presentation a colleague and I had given was, which is lovely and I appreciated it no end. Except that we hadn't done it. Not individually. Not as a team. Nope. Not us.
And I thought, I don't have a clue why anyone would want me to accept their links. I mean, I don't have jobs to offer. (And Guy Barone doesn't need one anyhow.) And finally I realized (I think I'm slow; if I were on facebook or I twitted I'd probably have understood this years ago) that these requests are just like the ones from the marketers - in fact most of them are probably generated by the marketers. They don't care about anything except the link.
If I agree to be linked to Guy, he gets to add another to the whatever number of folks he's linked to. And he can say (he wouldn't, but someone on his behalf might),
Hey, Gamso and me.Which if he were stupid enough to think so (he's not, but his people or audience might be) might be supposed to provide some cachet.
So, sorry Guy. As of today, no more accepting link requests from decent folks I happen to know (like you) or people I can just sort-of identify and don't hate. But here, Guy, because it's not anything against you, is a link to your LinkedIn profile.
Best of luck.