Discussions on LinkedIn Need Better Monitoring

If you are a professional and are actively engaged in social media then you probably have a profile on LinkedIn.  You also are likely to participate in discussions from time to time.

Generally, I’ve been disappointed with how discussion groups are monitored (or NOT) on LinkedIn.  The spam, sales pitches and the irrelevant discussions detract from the overall experience.

However, there are those I find somewhat comical.

Take, for example, this discussion found in the Executive Suite.  The question “In one word, what do you live for?” was posed about one month ago.  Believe it when I say at last count there was close to 900 responses, more than any other discussion I’ve seen on LinkedIn.

Insight, freedom, family, truth, passion, fun, love, today, harmony, happiness, joy, God, death, experiment, etc.  Yes, real answers.

Just shoot me now.

What is it?  The simplicity of the question, or do they really believe there is an epiphany in their one word answer?

Another discussion that struck my funny bone is found in the Biotech Investment Group titled “New Fund Raising Due Diligence Check List”.  At last count there were 154 responses along the lines of “please send me a copy”.  Due diligence list, investment group…never mind.

To the users that respond to these questions, please keep in mind that each response generates an email to those following the group.  Please think before you hit enter.

What ideas do you have to clean up the discussion groups on LinkedIn?

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About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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3 Responses to Discussions on LinkedIn Need Better Monitoring

  1. Ssunmonu says:

    I honestly don’t know how to fix it, maybe they need some kind of user flagging service, similar to craigslist.

    But I agree that it is very annoying. As a student, I’d been reading about Linkedin Groups for some time and heard about how wonderful it is; oh, it’s a great way to network, ask questions, etc.

    But its a way for spammers to post links to their products and websites and people to ask irrelevant questions. This is not to say that I haven’t learned anything from Groups, because there is the occasional nugget or two, but mostly its just crap.

    I found out that by joining a smaller group you’re less likely to see “crap” and have a meaningful discussion.

  2. Mike Hart says:

    Perhaps a flagging system that is “useful” or “not useful” to elevate discussions instead of those most active.

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