I never ever feel like I’m with it. I was the commune runaway who didn’t like rock music and joined the library. Today, when I’m being asked to speak about social networking and China and sustainability, I still can’t believe I’m in sync with my time. Or I couldn’t, until just now, when I found this blog post by Adam Nash, “Senior Director, Product” at LinkedIn, and realized that I’m one of hundreds of people asking the same question: “The truth is, of all the questions I get about LinkedIn, this is one of the most consistent ones. People are just fascinated by People You May Know (thatâ€™s the name we gave to that particular application).” Seriously, I got a warm feeling when I saw the date of the post, 3 January 2008 – figuring it’d be 2004 or something embarrassing – and learned that I’m one of many who are both alarmed and awed by the mysterious algorithms that LinkedIn is using to identify people I might know.
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and occasional scholar who also writes about how women gain and wield power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a research associate of the Fairbank Center at Harvard, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and founder of the Train Campaign. She was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, Read Karen’s occasional dispatches from the frontlines of international publishing at Karen's Letter on Substack, and follow her on Twitter etc @karenchristenze.
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