If I haven’t worked with you professionally, don’t ask me to rate you professionally.
MyBizCard.co, a self-described “world’s first online business card with ratings & reviews from your peers that shows how awesome you are,” may make this rating system a little too simple. You use LinkedIn to send a message like this to your connections: “I’d like to request 10 seconds of your time to leave me a quick rating here: <MyBizCard link>.”
The click-through contains this:
“Thank you for responding to my rating request.
Please rate my professional skills below. Your rating will be shown on my virtual business card.”
All fairly innocuous. The trouble was, of course, that I had never worked with the sender professionally.
Now, MyBizCard may not give the sender a choice as to who to send this message; I received it as one of a small group of other names that start with the letter “B.” Unfortunately, that alone made me think this request was more generic than having any real value.
The fall-out to this type of blind request is it makes me think that I don’t want to work with this person. If the sender overlooks a detail like this, what else will he or she overlook?
At the very least, I don’t see the value in remaining connected with someone who doesn’t know or care about this kind of thing.
I’m all for using LinkedIn to expand your network with people you don’t know in person nor worked with professionally. Just take a moment to look at the messages you’re sending. They may be saying more than you realize.
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What’s been your experience with MyBizCard or other “rate my work!” requests?
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I just wanted to let you know I was taken in by this just this week. I thought I was getting a lifetime membership to LinkedIn for $99, but what I ended up getting is a membership to MyBizCard. It popped up while I was on LinkedIn, offering this great promotion to get more ratings, because it said only 3 ratings would be posted otherwise. It wasn’t very clear that I was signing up for a different service (meaning MyBizCard as opposed to LinkedIn). In addition, when I used PayPal to process my payment, the vendor was listed as General Workings, not LinkedIn. That’s how I knew something was up. When I click on the details of the transaction on PayPal, nothing actually refers to MyBizCard. The email address is listed as email@example.com with the customer service URL being http://www.surveyreport.com . The phone number that is listed is 855-344-4327, which when searched on Google comes up as belonging to two different companies, HiGear and Sales Spider, both out of San Francisco, CA.
MyBizCard has a no refund policy, but I tried to email them anyway. When I submitted my email, it doesn’t confirm that they received it, so I tried submitting again. I plan to dispute this charge with my credit card company, and or, PayPal.
Wow, I am sorry to hear that. I hope you get it resolved quickly and with no hassle. Do keep me posted.
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