Have you ever written snarky LinkedIn comments, or been a victim of them?
I post updates every day on LinkedIn. I’m very gratified when people take the time to comment, or even simply like, share or otherwise click to react.
The vast majority of these comments are positive. People thank me for providing useful information. Some add their own helpful tips. That’s all very welcome and good.
My own experience with snarky LinkedIn comments
Occasionally, someone posts a snarky comment, such as this one for an article I posted on Pulse “5 Deadly LinkedIn Mistakes”:
“You missed the one about posting articles with sensationalized titles to attract readers, which can lead to a loss in credibility of the poster. Deadly? A bit overstated, don’t you think? Unless of course you have numbers on the deaths resulting from LinkedIn mistakes.”
The comment came from someone who was actively job-hunting – his profile headline noted that he was “actively seeking” particular opportunities.
The funny thing is, although he complained about my choice of title, it seems to have done its job. It led him to read at least some of my article. In fact, at this writing, more than 2,300 people viewed the post.
The NOT so funny thing is, his mean-spirited comment impacts his personal brand and may tarnish his reputation.
With so many views to the post, it was quite possibly seen by recruiters, hiring professionals and others who could help him reach his career goals. What impression of him do you suppose his foolish comment gave them?
Are snarky LinkedIn comments ever a good idea?
As I noted in my post, 7 Ways To Contaminate Your Personal Brand and Doom Your Executive Job Search:
“At a time when world leaders think nothing of tweeting nasty, defamatory remarks, you may think the rules of social etiquette have loosened. You may think it’s okay now to rage and vent online, and denigrate people who don’t agree with your politics, or way of living, or doing things.
In my opinion, it’s never a good idea to say negative things about people . . . especially in writing . . . anywhere. You’ll never come off well. Better to keep such strong opinions to yourself, or voice them only among friends and family.
However justified you feel speaking your mind, it’s not worth alienating people, especially when you’re looking for a job, and people who can help you land will see what you put out there online.”
You’ll note that I didn’t respond to this commenter’s LinkedIn comment. I never respond to such comments – on LinkedIn updates, my own blogs or anywhere else.
I’ve found that people who are short-sighted enough to post nasty comments are probably not going to engage in meaningful conversation. And I don’t like to call them out or encourage them to continue with their snark, and possibly further damage their reputation.