LinkedIn has been sending regular email notifications about the people who have viewed my profile. I doubt I’m the only one that finds this a little bit weird. On the one hand, those voyeuristic tendencies that we all have to some degree pique my curiosity as to who is interested in my professional information. For a couple weeks, I was being viewed by multiple people from a particular company, none of whom I know, which suggests that they were looking for someone of my talents and passing me around as a possibility. I was never actually contacted.
Then there is the other side of the coin: our privacy. How many times have you started to look up somebody’s profile and then stopped because you didn’t want that person to know that you were looking at them. Maybe you know them and imagine that they will attribute some inaccurate motive to your interest. Maybe you were afraid that it would result in communication that you weren’t looking for. You might even feel that showing interest in somebody infers that they are in some way better than you. There are all kinds of strange, psychological reactions that come into play. Will there be any repercussions from viewing a fired former co-worker’s profile or the profile of the ex-wife of the man you are currently dating? Part of the weirdness is due to the fact that it is so easy to forget that everyone you view is going to be notified.