LinkedIn “Stalker” Wackiness

General — Jeff Eske on September 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm

For the second time in as many months I’ve gotten an invitation from someone that I don’t know.  That’s not a big deal;  they could be someone from my “network”.  For the second time now though, I’ve gone ahead and accepted their invitation.  Upon accepting the invitations, I go directly to their connections, to see if there’s anyone that I do or SHOULD know.  Both times now, the list has been wacky, at the least.

The first time, I innocently clicked on the “connections” and BAM! – up pops a list of twenty-some contacts, ALL OF WHICH WERE NAMED JEFF!  I felt like I had just stepped into some television drama and had just found a note that contained a list of the killer’s victims – and my name was on it!  It freaked me out to the point that I immediately removed the connection.

This time, today, was sort of the same situation.  I got an unsolicited connection request from an unknown person.  Just for kicks, I accepted the connection request and went to their connections list.  They had 59 connections listed – and they appeared to be pretty evenly divided between Jeffs and Jennifers.

The other interesting thing was that I could see the connections list at first, then when I switched screens, a message popped up to say that the “person” had changed their profile to not allow viewing their connections.  Obviously, they wanted to keep their “list” to themselves.

Just weird.  I assume that it’s some automated spambot scrolling through, but it’s a little disconcerting nonetheless.

Jeff

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