There are two weeks in between when Mr. Unusual and I make our penciled-in plans and the actual day of the plans. I know a lot about him, and after Match#4 doesn’t quite work out, I’m looking forward to chatting with him.
One evening, as I’m sitting on the sofa, a message pops up in my email: Mic Management has sent me a connection request on linkedin, the professional networking site. At first, I can’t quite place the name, and then I can’t quite place the professional connection, and then I read the message.
” It looks like you’re a pretty good sleuth. I look forward to meeting you.”
I stare at my iPad and think for a minute and then I realize: I had been to his linkedin profile, which popped up on the list of google hits when I searched his name. I go to my own linkedin profile, and discover something I had never known before: There’s a list of people who have looked at your profile, along with their profile pictures and a link to their own resumes.
His linkedin picture is the same as his match.com picture.
So is mine.
I panic briefly and then realize, well, this isn’t so bad. He knows I graduated cum laude and went to some top schools. He knows I’ve worked at some top investment banks and some top people there have said some first-rate things about me in a public forum.
I feel like a goof, but I’m not really looking too bad here. And it would be hard for him to be offended or mad about this because his match.com profile opened with the statement, “I am probably one of the most curious people you will ever meet.”
Really, we have an awful lot in common.
And, as much as you can read tone into an email, his tone seems more amused than annoyed.
I accept his “connection request” so that I can reply but then discover I can just reply to his email directly – it’s provided me with his actual email in the “reply to” field. So I respond:
“I can’t decide if I’m amused or embarrassed but since your email made me laugh, I’ll go with amused.”
I spend the rest of the evening, and much of the next day, bringing my linkedin profile up-to-date, and finding out what other handy features they’ve added since the last time I visited.