Linkedout: How I was dumped by social media

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I received an email this morning from a Linkedin group.  It told me I was removed from their list because I was an inactive group member.

This came as a surprise. I didn’t realise inactivity was worthy of expulsion. Was I meant to leave comments to show my enthusiasm?

I always thought Linkedin groups were something you visit occasionally (and only  if the topic interests you) —  a bit like scanning the employment classifieds on the off-chance of finding a better job.

I established a Midlifexpress group about 6 months ago and I never check whether its members read the group discussions and they rarely contribute. The information is there if they need it and they are welcome to unsubscribe at any time.

However, I’ve been promptly unsubscribed with no warning.

I wonder if Taylor Swift felt the same way when she was dumped via a text message by one of the Jonas Brothers.

Or whether Jennifer Flavin still resents being dumped by Sylvester Stallone via fax (they subsequently got back together, married, and had a family).

It is unpleasant being dumped, albeit electronically, by a mindless, automated programme.

Thanks guys, you could have waited till Christmas was over you know.

Oh well, I guess I’ll have to look for another Linkedin group to join.  Is there one for recovering social media rejects?

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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