I recently got an email from a colleague asking me what I thought of all of these people sending emails and facebook messages asking us to Like them on their FB pages. In her case, she doesn’t know many of these people at all, and she was too nice to say that she didn’t want to know or wished she didn’t know many others.
This falls into the same category as going to a networking event and finding yourself automatically receiving someone’s newsletter without anyone’s asking your permission to be placed on a distribution list.
So what do I think? I think it’s time to suck it up and get over it! We’re all trying to build a community. Every single one of us is networking his/her ass off, working long hours, trying to think creatively and strategically. How long does it take to delete or unsubscribe from a newsletter, after all? I may or may not want to continue to receive one, but I frequently open it because I just may learn something.
Facebook and other social media apps are a way to share your expertise and thoughts. You just never know when someone’s going to see your randomized ideas and think you’re brilliant and want to work with you. It’s time to be a little generous.