I am, at the moment, just freaked out enough to feel the need to post this right away, though it’s one of those things that on further reflection may make me wish I’d waited. But…
I got a request from a former student a few minutes ago asking to add me to his LinkedIn network. After I accepted, I got this little window listing “People You May Know.” On this list are included:
— 4 former students (which, okay, that one’s fairly easy; educational info produces that connection, I guess, but how did they come up with three of my former students and one student whom I knew through residence life channels from among all the institution’s alumni?);
— a former colleague (ditto for job history info, but this is a former staff member who did not work in my department, but whom I knew fairly well);
— a colleague at another institution whom I know through conferences and blogging;
— another bloggy pal from another country with whom I attended a meeting;
— one person I actually don’t know, but really ought to;
— and my father. To whom I haven’t talked in a very long time.
I’m trying to come up with some rational, non-scary explanation for this, but am at the moment coming up dry. How LinkedIn am I, really?