“Y’all got any more of them “block this user” on LinkedIn slots?”
Decades ago, in the “scene” (that would be the warez trading scene) there were the “summer crews” that would crop up like clockwork.
“Summer crews” or “summer groups” were the teenagers home from school on their summer break who got together, formed a warez trading group, spammed the crap out of the scene with their repackaged releases, and then folded within a few months as school went back in session.
You would also see the same cyclic explosion of griefers, noobs and summer guilds on the MUSHs, MOOs, MMOs and hack-n-slash CRPGs with every Summer break. And just as quickly, within a couple of months, it all died down to the usual slow simmer within whatever game you were into at the time.
There was a similar, though tangentially different problem in higher education too as each freshman class rolled in and started accessing the shared online social spaces, but the n00bs lacked the social moires and graces of the local environment which lead to the usual friction between the old hands (people who were in their 2nd year) and the freshmen.
LinkedIn, for the past 18 months, as so many became WFH, turned in to a perpetual “Summer group”/Freshman class, but with adults. At least, I think they’re adults, they get offended by words like “shit” and “fuck” in a professional setting, but then act like entitled, spoiled children when you block them because you aren’t interested in their CRM automated messaging systems they have deployed where it is nothing but pitch, pitch, pitch with every interaction.
The problem with LinkedIn is that everyone is trying to optimize, optimize, optimize. Blast that pitch at as many connections as you can. Use up all your InMails for the month to extract maximum value. Invite as many connections as possible. “It’s a numbers game!”
Slow down my dude. We’re all going to the same grave.
Don’t measure your productivity in how many connections you spammed, measure it in how many lives you touched in a positive way. You’ll be happier for it. And so will your connections.