Social Media Suicide

I was browsing profiles today looking for new contacts, and I found a profile for a business involved in social media.

“Great, let’s get to meet them”, I thought.

So I clicked on the profile link, on a social networking site and started to look for information about the people to get to know them. At this stage, you’ll be saying to yourself.

“Hang on a moment, Simon, …. get to know them? Surely, if they’re on social networking site it is a personal profile?”

No, the profile was a business name, with SocialMedia in the title … and yes I have spelt that correctly, there is no gap between the words Social and Media. So that’ll have put a hole in the search ability of their title.

Well if you are truly into social media, you will have several connections surely.

No, their numbers of connections were in single figures, I’m being deliberately vague here, because I’ve no intention of shaming the organisation concerned by giving too much information away.

Next stage in the process, perhaps I can use their contacts on their profile to find out their names. I move my cursor over the button to click on their connections, and click.

“Stupid Mouse” I think, “come on, work”

No, it is not the mouse, they have hidden their connections. OK, I can accept the right to keep your connections hidden, they may be really great clients.

Onward, I’ll find them through their twitter link. It is missing.

Surely, if they really are selling social media services they must have a twitter account, if so, why is it not easily found.

I don’t give up easily, so I go to their website to try and find a contact point.

There are two websites, and they’ve both been thrown together in a rush.

This may sound critical and judgemental, it is. On one web site, there are still developers messages on there stating “test” in chats, forums etc. … it is cluttered with stuff that is designed to fill up space as opposed to give any indication of the ability of the business to do the job. Easy for anyone looking at the site  to see that only five people have contributed all the postings. It may be the owners that have contributed, I’ll accept that, but if it was, why would you not have written something about social networking or blogging on the site, it is not the twitter account, it is your business site. The site that is supposed to be promoting you as a social media specialist.

“Simon, you are just too judgemental” I hear myself thinking. “Go to the second site it will clearly be the model of self promotion, clearly setting out who they are, what they do for you, and some testimonies.”

Guess what, yes the second site may be even worse.

It is attempting to promote their services in getting you twitter followers, more connections on Facebook.

So I click on the About you button, there are no pictures of the owners, no description of their history, absolutely zero.

That is it, they just did everything they could to commit Social Media Suicide.

Thoughts for you as the reader

What do my sites say about me?

Am I portraying an image that is true of my abilities, personality and industry?

The writer admits that he is not perfect, but I know without doubt, I have friends that believe in me.

I have more than enough of these friends that ensure my future is secure.

Just be aware, that it is, quite easy to create a brand quickly.

However without proper advice and it will most certainly give you an image that may be difficult to shake off.

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16 June 2010

Asking for recommendations on a professional networking site from someone who does not know your work.

Here’s the dialogue copied and pasted with the person’s name removed.

I’ve not altered the wording at all.

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On 06/15/10 11:50 AM, xxxxxx xxx xxxxxxxxx wrote:

Dear Simon,
I’m sending this to ask you for a brief recommendation of my work that I can include in my LinkedIn profile. If you have any questions, let me know.

Thanks in advance for helping me out.

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On 06/16/10 12:01 AM, Simon Hamer wrote:

Simple answer xxxxxx is no, I don’t know your work so a recommendation would be a lie, and against everything I believe in.

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On 06/16/10 12.52 AM, xxxxxx xxx xxxxxxxxx wrote:

not a big deal. Thanks for your not so good but diplomate answer Mr Simon!

You can say this thing in one sentance which is ” i didnt work with you so i cant endorse you” No need to be rude for that sir. Saying simple answer is No.

Thanks

-xxxxxx xxx xxxxxxxxx
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20 December 2010 -

The postings are in order of newest first.

You are therefore reading them back to front.

I’ve tried to remove the persons details.

As this is the third time I have received this type of message from the individual concerned, but the first time I’ve responded.

Next time he gets reported for SPAMMING ! I’m sure he will learn nothing and shortly send another.

So this is >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

How to truly annoy the people you want to connect with…. asking them to invite you, repeatedly !

Dear Sir,

I have already shown interest to networking and taken initiative first

now your turn

if you still think i should invite you then i have no issues

xxxxxx

On 12/20/10 3:52 AM, Simon Hamer wrote:
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Hi xxxxxx,

I wish you the very best of luck.
LinkedIn can and does issue more invites, so you should never run short.
I’ve thousands of invites left, but as yet I’m still unaware why you want me as a contact apart from to collect another number, and until I establish why we should connect I’ll wish you all the best, and get on with my day.

Left wondering.
Simon

On 12/20/10 3:42 AM, Name (number+) wrote:
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Dear Sir,

Thanks for your kind support

If we are connected then we can update each other time to time and share & explore various opportunities.

I believe in following quote & my network is growing rapidly because i am followig this quote thoroughly.

“You can make more Friends in two months by becoming interested in other people, than you can in two years, by trying to get other people interested in you” – Dale Carnegie (Author – How to win friends and influence people)

I am running short of invites. (NO … you do surprise me …. why is that ?)

I would be very glad if you add me in your business network (I bet you would, but why would I?)
My Profile is here http://www.linkedin.com/in/xxxxxxxxx

my id is (email provided)

You can also add me in your twitter and facebook account my id is

http://www.tw  itter.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (
http://www.fac  ebook.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I also would like to take your Career Journey/Entreprenuership Journey interview for my xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http:// www. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/ kindly view or download interview questions doc file from here http ://xxxxxxxxx

You can also share your knowledge on our site xxxxxxxxxxxxx through Video Interviews more info click here http:// xxxxxxxxxxx

Thanks and regards

Name
Site 1
Site 2
Site 3
On 12/20/10 3:38 AM, Simon Hamer wrote:
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If you’d like me as a contact, you can use the group invite to invite me.

Seasons greetings, Simon

On 12/19/10 9:59 PM, Name (number+) wrote:
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Hi ! ( Where’s my name ??? )

Wishing You Happy Christmas & Happy New year!

A thousand miles journey begins with one step !

I came across your impressive and interesting profile and would like to connect with you. (Why is that !)

I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.

I would be very glad if you add me in your business network Considering it… but W1 1FM, Why should I  ?

my id is (email provided) Why do I need your email, you want to connect with me?

my Linkedin profile is here (Yawn)

& other networks here

Yawn 2
Yawn 3

I would like to take your Yawn 4
for my site Yawn 5
kindly view or download interview questions doc file from here Yawn 6

You can also share your knowledge on our site Yawn 7
through Video Interviews more info click here Yawn 8

About me (there’s really more to read …. honestly …. you are really that important)

I am having xx years Rich (but getting poorer) Experience from Software, Product Development,
Digital Marketing, Retail and International Trade. I am working as a Serial (spammer) Entrepreneur into Digital Marketing Field since date and Building Digital Media Marketplaces for Start-ups, SME and Corporates companies. I would be very glad to help your company through my Ideas, advice, e-books & through my Yawn Network.

I am giving here my few books.

I would be very glad if you give your valuable suggestions to improve these books. (Yeh… like that is going to happen)

You can download my e-book

1. Talking at you about me expertise
e-book quickview or download
Yawn forgotten the number.

2. “I’m still talking at you, why aren’t you listening?”
e-book quickview or download
Yawn nodding off

3. “Book that makes you …… (Name of a Book)”
e-book quickview or download
Yawn nearly asleep

4. “Implementation of an Idea/…….. that will definitely make you switch off”
e-book quickview or download
Asleep

5. “A click away (from getting really hacked off) “
e-book quickview or download
Sleeping

6. “Business Insects bite your ????? “
e-book quickview or download
Snoring

7. “Success Friendly Weekly ….. Pain in the butt
e-book quickview or download
Waking the neighbours

I would be very glad if you give your valuable feedback on my books ( Well you need to learn to attract and listen to people)

Thanks and Regards

Name
CEO
Site Yawn ?
Site Yawn ?2
Site Yawn ?3

2 thoughts on “Social Media Suicide

  1. Hi Simon,

    People are online with different degrees of seriousness. Think of the damage that can be done when handling your online presence so frivolously! Examples like this are good to help us look back on ourselves to make sure we have taken the task seriously. I’m forever amazed at people who I’ve met only briefly who then request an endorsement on LinkedIn. I don’t do it as anything I could say would be shallow – so not a good idea.

    Cheers,
    Mary

  2. People are online with different degrees of seriousness. Think of the damage that can be done when handling your online presence so frivolously! Examples like this are good to help us look back on ourselves to make sure we have taken the task seriously. I’m forever amazed at people who I’ve met only briefly who then request an endorsement on LinkedIn. I don’t do it as anything I could say would be shallow – so not a good idea.
    +1

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