Decent of the Memes

We’ve all see this horrifying trend spread across Facebook and Twitter like a plague of sweaty buzzard-monkeys. This me-too pandemic, filled with trite images paired with funny or (even worse) inspirational sayings, has completely overrun social sharing sites. In recent weeks we seen the migration of this kind of content to LinkedIn, which is a huge no-no.

Why Does it Matter?

LinkedIn is a place for professional networking and the sharing of industry related news and info. People flock to the site in order to view work history and see how others comport themselves professionally. Picture riddles begging to “Solve if ur a Genius” and crossword like images captioned “What’s the First Word You See?” simply don’t belong there**.

LinkedIn is an incredible powerful platform. Instead of posting a series of mindless memes, work on finding your own voice. Write an article about why an inspirational quote struck a chord. Discus an issue that you are passionate about. The type and quality of content posted to professional sites is akin to ones online clothing. Ditch those tatty meme-covered pajamas for personalized professional online attire.

* Full disclosure: our owner loathes memes with an intensity normally reserved for people who text while driving and most Michael Bay films though he’ll admit to liking The Island (even though it is simply a splashy remake of Logan’s Run). Texting during one of Michael Bay’s movies—though potentially an improvement on the plot—is still rude since lens flares should never come from the center of the theater.

** If we ran the internet, here would be a way to automatically block memes and content of that ilk on Facebook and Twitter on a post by post level.