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I was always taught to play it cool when something great happened. When wide receivers dance in the end zone, I still scowl "C'mon, act like you've done it before!" at the TV like an old, grumpy man. However, last Thursday, I had a post on LinkedIn privacy absolutely blow up and dammit, I'm excited.

LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network

This is a post I've been wanting to write for a while. In fact, it stems from something I noticed way back in August of last year. After digging for answers and even a couple attempts at contacting their customer support, I've concluded that LinkedIn is by far the creepiest social network. The primary reasons LinkedIn is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the "People You May Know" and "People Also Viewed" features.

Where Is All This Bad Information Coming From?

Last fall, I had the pleasure of speaking at an industry conference full of passionate, like-minded people. I can honestly say it was a wonderful experience.

Before I gave my presentation, no one at the event knew who I was. Between sessions, I was approached by a very young, highly energetic man. When he asked what my particular interest in the conference was, I informed him that I would be speaking on SEO shortly. Upon hearing this news, he immediately became 10x more interested in me.

Anonymity: Is It Helping or Hurting the Web?

Do you remember your first ever screen name? I believe mine was Vel385 because, you know, it had to be something mom could use on the family computer, too. I also specifically remember being warned to never use my real name in any screen name or email address. Now, it's highly recommended that you include a single version of your first and last name as a username across the web for personal branding reasons.

Google Gets Nosey, Provides Treasure Map For April Fools

When I was a kid, April Fool's Day marked the glorious day that I would pull my favorite pranks on my unsuspecting dad. My favorite was putting a rubber band around the sink sprayer. Simple, yet highly effective---especially considering his plethora of creative curse words.

Some people---or companies---can afford to be a little more elaborate. When it comes to April Fool's Day, nobody does it quite like Google.