I know I have a strong personality, and yet, I was a bit taken aback to receive the email below from a former coworker. The only thing that’s clear from this is that one of us doesn’t understand social networking (probably me). And that this coworker was in love with me.
to A—- C—-
date Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 8:45 AM
subject RE: Join my network on LinkedIn
My apologies for not replying to you sooner! I must have been busy doing nothing or, as you more eloquently put it at one point, doing “jack shit.” Honestly, I am very surprised that you would want to have me be part of your LinkedIn network given that your opinion of me is so low, as evidenced by the additional comment that “I don’t know anything.”
While your opinion of me is low, I certainly am glad I had the, shall we say, ‘experience’ of working with you. It is not often that someone can witness a person such as you, in action. Thank you for reminding me that the best opportunities for learning actually come from watching those who do nothing, learn nothing and remain unevolved as human beings. Priceless.
P.S. Oh, and NO, I do not want you as part of my network, I have a reputation to uphold.
On November 18, 2008 7:10 PM, A—- C—- wrote:
Since you are a person I trust, I wanted to invite you to join my network on LinkedIn
1. Notice that she waited about 6 weeks to respond? 6 weeks and this is the best that she could come up with?
2. Although I felt the way described in the first paragraph and people knew I felt this way, I don’t use the phrase “jack shit”, and never discussed my feelings with the former coworker, so the use of quotations is erroneous.
3. My biased opinion suggests that the third sentence of the second paragraph is nonsensical.
I didn’t respond. I knew that immediately after hitting send, I would think of a much better response. What do you think I should do? What’s the best response you can think of? Remember to be civil.