“If you like me, I’ll like you.”
“Do you like me? Check yes or no.”
Remember those words from the 3rd grade?
It was just after recess and for some reason you first noticed that cute little boy or girl on the playground. They had been in school with you for two whole years, but for some reason today was the first reason you noticed them.
So you slid them a note. “Do you want to be my friend?”
The modern version of that is, “Like me on Facebook and I’ll like you back.”
Harmless enough usually.
But when you find an entire thread that has now gone over 500 comments on the professional social media site, LinkedIn, you have to wonder what the maturity level of some “professionals” are along with that classic, “What the hell are you thinking?”
Grown men and women who are writers, videographers, photographers whose life centers around — or hopes to center around — travel and travel writing.
So what’s the problem with using LinkedIn to gather Facebook “likes”?
Plenty, but the biggest, overlooked issue is the unanswered question, “Who the hell are you sharing Facebook likes with anyway?”
It’s not publishers or editors. It’s not even travel experts that might be able to help you get a travel junket or that latest travel piece published.
It’s — wait for it — OTHER TRAVEL MEDIA PROS.
In other words, you’re in a circle-jerk with the competition.
Maybe your time could be better spent actually collecting the Facebook pages of people who are in a position to give you work.
That, after all, is what LinkedIn is really all about.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America. His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City. Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe. Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Have a story that needs to reach national media? Email him today.
In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires
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