Checking your LinkedIn messages is like journeying to the dark side of your Facebook messages, the filtered requests.
In your Facebook inbox you’ll find many a creep trying to become friends with you through the terrible art of flirting.
The same thing happens on employment website LinkedIn, but under the guise of business and networking.
One woman, like many before her, found that a particular interaction she had on LinkedIn was just a man trying to hit on her.
Hannah Ray revealed on Twitter how she was talking with a man about relocating for a job when he made it personal.
He asked her whether she would be willing to relocate for a man, coupling the line with a suggestive wink face.
Luckily for him, she blacked out the name of the bold lothario in the screenshot she posted, which has now gone viral.
NO DM IS SACRED NOT EVEN LINKEDIN pic.twitter.com/1rEIYYuECn
— hannah ray (@hannaheray) March 18, 2019
The post, which received over 32,000 likes, was also spotted by the LinkedIn help account who wrote to her: ‘Hi Hannah, thank you for speaking on this. It’s absolutely not acceptable to send inappropriate messages on LinkedIn. We take these reports very seriously and have tools in place to report and block.’
Hannah’s tweet resonated with many people online who shared their own experiences of being approached romantically by men on the networking website.
People commenting on the post, and many before that, urged men to not use LinkedIn as a dating site.
One follower tagged She Rates Dogs, the Twitter account that shames people who send brazen text messages to their exes or just people they know.
The account replied to the tweet saying: ‘Why does this happen so much on LinkedIn?’
We’re not sure why it’s such a common occurrence but thankfully some are starting to realise how unprofessional and inappropriate it is.
One man wrote: ‘As a man that doesn’t encounter these things regularly, I honestly had no idea that it was a normal thing. I am enlightened. It’s really cringe.’
In case there are others out there who don’t know how widespread the problem is, here are a bunch of other messages received on LinkedIn:
UGGGH YES. I used to have my email address on my LinkedIn profile (at the recommendation of a recruiter) until I got this email. Gross. pic.twitter.com/c4mqfYCFqn
— Laura (@laurosaurus) March 18, 2019
I blocked/reported him and he made another account and tried to connect with me on there as well. Men are wild pic.twitter.com/Hprheonk9G
— ash (@_ashleyward99) March 18, 2019
Same ?? pic.twitter.com/vFw4hoHFud
— Paige Kostrab (@Pee_Kaaay) March 18, 2019
The best part was that one of the suggested responses was simply "Lol" pic.twitter.com/o1aYVMG5fh
— Melissa Berman (@Melissa_Berman) March 18, 2019
I feel this – got this LinkedIn message recently. pic.twitter.com/ifEeCYytLU
— ?Adrienne Michelson (@80Data) March 18, 2019
— Codi Pierson (@CodiLane_12) March 19, 2019
If you’re someone who uses the site for personal reasons, please remember LinkedIn is supposed to be a space for professional networking.