You may have read recently that a new career networking service, Identified.com, is like the old reliable, LinkedIn, but sexier. Good for it. Sounds cool, doesn’t it or at least sexy? We all know sex sells. Shoot, it even hooked me for a second and a half or at least the claim of a … prettier version of LinkedIn, maybe with some really cool functionality did.
Yes, I know, I’m a social media semi-para-pseudo professional. I should be a-ok with linking everything to everything.
But I’m not.
Does that mean I’m too old, too paranoid, too something negative to be a social media professional? I don’t think so. It does mean that while yes, having other things linked to things does occasionally make sharing, socializing, and even potentially networking easier, it also creeps me out. We’ve all read entirely too many times about credit cards or banks getting hacked. I’m sorry to say but I don’t think Facebook has quite the level or layers of security that a bank does. Even if they did, obviously that doesn’t make them exempt from being hacked.
Ok, so maybe I’m paranoid. Call it survival instinct, call it paranoia, you can even call me crazy if you want to (you’ll be with the rest of the crowd on that, for a variety of reasons) but having, potentially, all of my information of any kind in one place, be that place digital, physical, or some other third option that’s not my brain, makes my skin crawl. Give me the option to link my social accounts or to sign in using my social accounts, ok. Force me to use them to make my account, then only allow me to use one account, not ok.
But that’s just me. How do you feel about being required to link your social accounts? Would you at least like a selection of accounts that you’re allowed to link to? Does this make your skin not crawl?