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I use Linkedin a lot.  It  helps me connect to people for business.  It is a great website networking with with people around the world for business reason. It has 175 million registered users in more than 200 countries. Business not politics.

So this morning I was a bit surprised when I noticed that Romney had posted his Virginia Military Institute speech on Linkedin.

If you look at the bottom you'll see that many Rmoney supporters are adding comments.  I added a couple of comments (under my real name) and I quickly got a negative reaction from one of my contacts who didn't think I should turn LInkedin into a political forum.

But the Rmoney supporters already did.  So the heck with it.

If you have an account there I suggest that you should add your own comment.

Let's "freep" Linkedin and let's not let Romney get away with it.

If you don't have an account I suggest you create one, it's good for business and now politics, I guess.

Romney on Linkedin

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:00:51 PM PDT

  •  I could not imagine anything worse than (9+ / 0-)

    using something geared toward business contacts -- like Linkedin - for politics.  No matter what you say, you're pretty much guaranteed to alienate half of the potential business contacts out there.  

    I'm able to do business with people without injecting politics into everything, and I intend to keep it that way.  Candidates can post things, and I can read them if I want, but I definitely do not intend to interject politics into what I put on Linkedin.  

  •  I'll pass (8+ / 0-)

    Bringing Politics onto LinkedIn is a bad idea, especially if you are looking for a job. After all, republicans hire too. We'll just have to let him go on this one.

    •  I'll take my chances (0+ / 0-)

      You can post comments that, however political, show your knowledge of issues.

      If someone does not want to hire me for my politics I rather not work for them.

      I do business with Republicans who know about my politics already.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:15:07 PM PDT

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    •  Even if someone agrees with your politics (2+ / 0-)
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      CoyoteMarti, VClib

      they may question your discretion for posting something political. There is nothing to gain; plenty to lose

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:21:03 PM PDT

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      •  This is absolutely correct (3+ / 0-)
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        CoyoteMarti, cassandracarolina, VClib

        I would seriously question the judgment of someone who used a business-oriented site like Linkedin to post their political views.  Would such a person have the self-control, and discretion, not to discuss politics with our clients of differing political views?  

        •  Not to mention that many employers (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          (my former employer included) routinely check everyone's social network pages before hiring, and many companies have social media policies limiting what you can post. No point giving out more ammunition that they can use against you.

          Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

          by cassandracarolina on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 01:01:42 PM PDT

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          •  And the more significant your position (2+ / 0-)
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            with the company, the more important it is for the company to have you comply with those social media policies.  

            If you are a very low-level employee, who does not act as the "face" of the company in any capacity, then most employers are less concerned about what you put on social media.  If, however, you have a significant position with a business, and you represent your company in any meaningful way (such as in contacts with clients), then yes, most employers are very concerned about the image you project to the world.  

            If you post something politically provocative on a business site like LinkedIn (no matter which side of the political aisle you are on) that would certainly demonstrate to me, as an employer or potential employer, a lack of judgment in dealing with business contacts.  

  •  I Wouldn't Add Political Comments (4+ / 0-)

    I would add "it's not appropriate to drag politics in here" comments.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:14:34 PM PDT

  •  No thanks. I use it for business purposes only, (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, cassandracarolina

    I have facebook to use to fight the right.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow

    by temptxan on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:14:42 PM PDT

  •  OT but interesting LinkedIn story: (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, cassandracarolina, VClib

    About 2 years ago, I posted about the need for Single Payer health system in the US, to counter a blowhard right wing alumni posting about health reform.

    I saw that my profile had been browsed by someone who worked at DHS (or some similar agency; I can't recall exactly which).

    It was a little sinister. Probably not incredibly sinister, but a little creepy.

  •  No no no no no please no (4+ / 0-)
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    Your every move on LinkedIn is summarized for all your connections to see, so you'd be basically telling them all that your political persuasions are as important to you (or more important) than you professional profile. Why would you ever take that chance given all the other venues for political expression? It's be like bringing a boombox to the opera. There's no law against it, but sheesh.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:19:56 PM PDT

    •  Don't tell that to the 120K+ following Romney (0+ / 0-)

      I understand what you say.  I already took my chances.  The quality of your comments are perhaps more important than your political orientation IMO.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:23:16 PM PDT

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  •  Using LinkedIn To Promote Pet Conspiracy Theories (2+ / 0-)
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    ...is definitely going to take its toll.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:21:17 PM PDT

  •  Linked in is mostly RW leaning.. (2+ / 0-)
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    I like Linkedin..My last two job offers came through Linkedin..Its helps me in my current role but see too much RW nonsense without rebuttal. I think it is going to tone down a little after Obama wins re-election and the economy gets better. If Facebook were not run by incompetents, they could have run Linkedin off by now...

    If you are for the death penalty, you do not deserve to be called a "pro-lifer". You are anti-choice. Just to make sure, did you support the war on Iraq?

    by Mysoreback on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:37:12 PM PDT

  •  This is why we didn't join linkedin (1+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina

    Every single invitation we have gotten were from RWNJ customers who I avoid actually interacting with, at all costs. We are a landscape/irrigation company and you can't imagine the customers who think it's fine to send us the most reprehensible emails about our POTUS! I told my husband if he didn't speak to the one guy, I would be calling him, giving him a few facts and then firing his ass. We have gotten so big I do have the luxury of firing customers, lol, which sometimes is the highpoint of the day!

    Republicans piss on you and tell you it's raining, Democrats hand you an umbrella!

    by Nica24 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 01:20:12 PM PDT

  •  There is no freedom of speech for Employees (1+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina

    no protection from being fired by your employer for political speech.

    We need some because as it stands whole towns are held in economic blackmail.

    To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

    by Bluehawk on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 01:49:36 PM PDT

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