mpany pays me to recruit and build a client relationship [data base], and they task me to do this for this pay, if I
leave I can take this information with me and they have no claim to
Well you can't take the database (information) but you can take the relationships (social)? While companies may lay claim to information & data, they can't lay claim to the human relationships and connections formed in proximity to that information. It's always been like that. Lots of customers follow their favorite salesman around within an industry. Companies profit from this kind of customer loyalty and hire salesmen who can achieve exactly that. So I just find it pompous and unrealistic for companies to pretend that relationships and connections are the same thing as data and information. It's Not.
Social networking isn't about data and information at all, but in many ways it is far more powerful. Social networking, especially like that of LinkedIn, exposes the human connections that link up data and information. It does not intend to expose the information or data itself. Post-modern business is increasingly more dependent of these connections and links than on the actual information (which is seriously easy to access now anyway). Digitalized social networking simply makes it way easier to maintain those relationships and PUBLICLY exposes many previously hidden but vital connections. That must be pretty scary for industries who have not been paying attention to the value of customers and employees. Hence, strategies and tactics like the one mentioned in this post.
Listen, any business who thinks their 'list' is at the heart of their business deserves to be harmed in this digital…