Congratulations — you’re now linked to dull details chain of people

It was an exciting week for me. I’ve received more than 500 congratulatory emails.

What had I done to deserve this recognition? I didn’t have the foggiest idea.

It all began with an appointment to meet a local businessman about a speech I was to give to his company. I logged on to my computer and went to a well-known site to see if there was any information about this CEO.

I had joined LinkedIn back in 2007, but I tired of it very quickly because it appeared to have similar people who were on Facebook, only many of the LinkedIn members were actually looking for work, rather than wasting time on the Internet while at work.

For several years, I ignored all requests for others to “link” with me, so my password had become inactive. This seemed fair because “inactive” was a pretty good description of my degree of motivation the past decade.

When I updated my settings, every request for a connection that I had successfully ignored for so long was automatically sent out. Suddenly, I had more links than the night shift at the Johnsonville Brat factory.

Then I received emails lauding me for finally coming out of my cave: “Congratulations,” they all said, “you are now linked in with Betty, Hermione, Ezra and Terrance” (and several hundred others).

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