A TikToker shared a clip of her boyfriend ranting on LinkedIn while looking for a job, sparking debate in the comments about how useful the platform really is.
In the video posted by TikToker @yolispeace on June 22, her friend from another room asks, “What is this? I really, I don’t understand.” The text overlay reads, “Job hunting is like:”
“He’s been on LinkedIn for about an hour,” she explains in the clip.
“Why does everyone have 500 connections and I don’t have any? For example, when did we start this?” her friend asks and enters the room. “Why didn’t anyone tell me to do this?”
When she asks how many connections he has, he says he only has “two,” including her.
The video is captioned, “He said, ‘Is this the new Facebook?'”
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The video has racked up over 84,000 views as of Wednesday, with commenters sharing their own struggles with building connections.
“I only have about 30 connections and it’s so embarrassing,” wrote one user.
“You’re supposed to have connections? I’m applying to positions over here that have had 857 other applicants in the last hour,” said another.
“I’m 39 and just did an interview with a 27-year-old who will be my manager…she has 500 contacts, I have 30,” added a third.
Others say they don’t know many of the people in their connections and wonder how important LinkedIn connections are when looking for a job.
“It’s okay. I don’t even know the people in my connections,” said one commenter.
“500 connections we don’t even remember, don’t worry,” shared another.
Several commenters also agreed with their friend’s view that LinkedIn is becoming the “new Facebook.”
“I can’t get into the Facebookization of LinkedIn. I’ve seen 3 posts this week about people’s dead children. I COME TO WORK AND NOW I CRY HERE TOO,” shared one user.
“Linked has become the new Facebook very quickly, except people are posting the most poetic corporate BS and adding anyone and everyone. I HATE it,” agreed a second user.
“You should have connections to LinkedIn. What you shouldn’t do is update your status as if it were Facebook. And that’s why it’s a joke,” said another.
The Daily Dot reached out to LinkedIn via email and @yolispeace via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: July 6, 2022 at 6:39 p.m. CDT
Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.
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