I’ve written before that for me, social media plays a very positive role in early retirement for keeping in touch with people. I’m pretty tech-involved and use a number of different platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and LinkedIn – in pretty different ways and different amounts of engagement.
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The one platform that I use the least is LinkedIn. My usage dropped pretty quickly after I stopped working and almost to zero after a year or two away. I recently went into the app the other day after a long hiatus and was surprised by how much the work-world had changed.
Former colleagues were in new jobs, people had moved companies, friends of mine from one MegaCorp were now working with friends of mine from another MegaCorp. A lot changes in 4 years when you’ve been goofing off.
In general, people I knew from my time working seemed to be doing very well. One guy just got named President & CEO of a big nearby company. A person who worked on my team at MegaCorp became CMO for a fast-growing tech brand. A woman I’ve known since the start of my career is in Asia, doing important work that aids pandemic relief.
I made a couple congratulatory comments on people’s profile notices, but didn’t stay in LinkedIn long. Frankly, I find that too many of the daily posts are stock MegaCorp communications department drivel cut and pasted by employees to promote how fabulous life at MegaCorp is, even if it is not.
Scanning the posts, it seems that everyone’s company has been voted the most ethical, most diverse, most innovative, or best employer by someone. They are all AMAZING – just ask them.
In addition, “during this unprecedented time” (cue soft piano music), they are “are committed to being here for us” and we can “count on their dedicated employees” to “help us all pull through … together.” These sentiments might be inspirational if they weren’t repeated word-for-word in every MegaCorp’s pandemic marketing plan.
How engaging do you find LinkedIn – working or retired?
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